The Star Project

Visitors to Christ Church over the Christmas period will have seen the church decorated with stars and planets, with the chancel arranged as a large stable, into which we can all look and see the Nativity scene. Sarah Branson, one of the originators of the art displayed, writes:
With Community at its very heart this project has been about bringing people together to engage in art, celebrating our existence within our universe whist exploring the Christmas Story. The Community Installation displayed at Christ Church for the duration of the festive season for all to enjoy sees the Virgin Mary travelling upon a Winged White Heavenly Horse up among the stars and skies of our amazing universe. Between the planets the Virgin moves toward the Star of David and the stable. The stable its animals and baby Jesus rests under the altar itself, the whole nave of the church a stable frontage inviting you in to meet the new-born King. Family Workshops saw the making of the 10ft Willow Star hanging above the stable born from an idea the Weavers Group had many months ago. An adult felt making workshop brought seven ladies together to create the Virgin Mary from raw wool tops an unexpected yet welcome symbol of motherhood. The church welcomed young people from Lydgate School to help in the making of the papier mache planets. Kirkdale after School Club, Junior Church and Families made individual stars giving depth to our abstract universe and there we explored the idea that the winged white horse may infact be the star constellation Pegasus. Pupils from Wooldale and Kirkroyds came together in some outreach workshops to make the animals for the stable. The light display aims to give a sense of movement within our universe. Telescopes enable viewers to see a baby growing in the womb alongside a space station bringing the concept of birth, our saviour and technology together celebrating our existence within our amazing universe.

The star suspended over the chancel
The star suspended over the chancel

The stable at the chancel entrance, through which the Nativity scene is depicted embedded in the altar
The stable at the chancel entrance, through which the Nativity scene is depicted embedded in the altar

Mary rides through the universe on a winged white horse
Mary rides through the universe on a winged white horse

The star suspended over the chancel