Thursday, 29 September 2016

'Ghost signs' at St James

There has been a flurry of interest on Twitter today about the 'ghost signs' (below) on the front of St James's Church, either side of the portico.

The bible texts have gradually weathered away, and can now barely be read, but it is clear that there are two sets of them.

An earlier version was painted over by a replacement version at some point in the long history of St James

The earlier version read 'We preach not ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord ' from 2 Corinthians 4.5 and

'Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners' from 1 Timothy 1.15

These were subsequently replaced by:'One Lord, onr faith, one baptism'  and  'One God and Father of us all' from Ephesians 4.5-6.

At present we are applying for grants for the restoration of the church stonework.

Perhaps in due course the 'ghost signs' could be restored too.

But which version should we opt for? I suggest neither. Rather let's select a new, third, set of bible texts to proclaim the word of God from the west front of St James in the twenty-first century.

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