The cross that is mounted outside the Church Centre is made from ethically sourced green oak.
Reclaimed wood, taken from the old church hall, has been used within the cross to be symbolic for past, the new wood symbolic for the present.
The slideshow on the right shows, in reverse order, the construction and mounting of the cross.
Dee Rollinson produced the concept and design for the cross, and it was constructed by Dee and Mark Fitzsimmons.
The new wood was generously donated by a member of St John's congregation.
Dee writes: "By merging the old and new wood it’s my intention to symbolise past and present, depicting the notion that when it comes to Jesus they are inextricably linked. I want to portray the belief that the Crucifixion was not a one-off event that is no longer relevant, but a once and for all sacrifice, for the whole of humanity - evermore. In a similar vein, by merging the old and new woods I’m also depicting that this is more that simply a new building, it’s a continuation and growth of St John’s Church to reach out and share the good news”.
The cross is simple, made with two words on the front “FOR YOU”, and at the base of the cross a Bible reference to John's Gospel, chapter 3, verse 16:
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life"