New logo reflects our shared ethos and unity
Churches Together in Harborough (CTH) has a new logo. Designed by Debbie Cortese of Core Publications Ltd (based in Kettering) and a member of St Peter and St Paul Church Great Bowden, it reflects the unity, vibrancy and ongoing mission of churches of all denominations.
It replaces the previous logo which depicted a version of the World Council of Churches symbol and a painting of the Old Grammar School by local artist Mikki Longley.
“The previous logo served us well for a number of years,” says CTH Communications Officer Derek Williams. “But an image needs to reflect the developing values of an organisation. The Christian churches are not primarily about places or buildings, but about the people who share in and benefit from their widely different activities.
“Many of our member churches and affiliated organisations are growing, and are developing imaginative ways of serving not only their own members but also the wider community. An image of joyful people linked together and focused on the cross, the central symbol of Christian faith, expresses the shared ethos that binds us together and overshadows our differences of emphasis and administrative structure. The direction of the banner reminds us that we are not static but ever moving forward under the guidance of God.”
Churches Together in Harborough currently links together eleven town churches and five nearby village churches. It oversees four community organisations (The Bower House Counselling Service, Street Pastors, the Cube youth centre, and Harborough Action for Justice and Peace). In addition, the Jubilee Foodbank, Hothorpe Hall Conference Centre, the Rural Mission Partnership, and Torch Trust for the Blind, are affiliated to it.
Among the joint activities it initiates are an annual united Sunday service and daily prayer events during January’s national Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, meetings and groups during Lent (the period leading to Easter), a Good Friday open air event on the Square and the annual Christian Aid collections. Representatives from churches and organisations meet in a Forum every two months to direct its affairs. CTH arranged the November hustings for local General Election candidates to give citizens the opportunity to hear from them in an atmosphere of listening and respect.