A young member of the Youth Community painting the Oxclose Graffiti Mural Wall (Picture: Keith Blundy)

For one church community in the Diocese, the theme of Hope for Tomorrow has never been in less doubt.

The youth community at Oxclose Resource Church in Washington have been engaged in a Graffiti Wall project designed to engage young people with their thoughts and feelings of the past year, how the world has changed and to offer a sense of hope to our community.

Neil McDonald, Emerging Generations Lead & Ten10 Project Lead at the Church said:

“2020 hasn’t been the most encouraging year as everyone has battled the life-changing effects of a pandemic.

“This hasn’t just affected adults but children and young people also. We wanted to bring a group of young people together to help them to explore their thoughts and feelings of the past year, some of these were anger, fear, anxiety, worry, disappointment.

“But through this, there was also an immense sense of optimism. With funding from the National Lottery Community Fund young people came together to create this graffiti mural. The idea is to depict that if in each day we find strength, we can also find hope for the future.

“As we come to Christmas this even more accurate, with the knowledge of Jesus coming as a baby at Christmas we can find strength for today, and in his life, we find hope for tomorrow.

(Picture: Keith Blundy)
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