Location: Parsonage Gardens
Designer: Ros Watson, Student Minister
Location Notes: Evidence of Parsonage Gardens exists as far back as 1066. The gardens were used to provide food for the collegiate church in the 14th and 15th centuries. The 18th century brought a new church to the area, which was demolished at the end of the 19th century after city centre residents had moved to the suburbs. Road names in the area reflect this heritage, even Deansgate (which may reference the gate or way to the Dean or to Denys (an early St Mary’s was also dedicated to St Denys and St George)). It is now a hidden gem of the city, providing peace and tranquillity.
Shrine Notes: How many times in the last week have you asked yourself ‘Have I remembered everyone?’ And then a card or a present arrives and you realise you haven’t! The shrine, wrapped as a present, poses that question - lift the flap and see. Maybe take a moment to think about your answer - it’s not too late!
Designer Notes: With all the pressure of Christmas, the cards to write, the presents to buy, the people to see or if you find Christmas a difficult time, the effort to just get through it all can sometimes make it easy to forget who it is all really about. At Christmas God gives to each one of us the greatest gift of all, His Son Jesus, as a tiny, vulnerable baby. With this gift God says to you ‘With all my love, always’.
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