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27 January 2014

Christians find themselves “re-created in Christ” for the Diocese of Chelmsford centenary year

by Michelle Cottis

With the start of a new year, we’re hitting the ground running with lots of new projects underway and we’re feeling refreshed and exciting for the year ahead.

2014 is a particularly big milestone for The Diocese of Chelmsford, as it marks their Centenary year. The Diocese wanted to make a memorable statement during their centenary service on 24th January, with a mosaic image of Christ composed of hundreds of photos of those attending the service. And so the challenge was set!

The service was well attended by 600 people from across the diocese, so 3 keen photographers from Chelmsford Diocese were sent out into the Cathedral grounds to capture images as the congregation arrived. James was rigged-up behind the scenes with his Mac, as memory cards frantically swapped hands, transferring images onto his machine.

While the service was in full swing the pressure was on to transform the individual images into one single vision of Christ, before Bishop Stephen Cottrell finished his sermon. And the final result was well worth the effort! The image was projected onto a large screen in the Cathedral as the service reached its conclusion.

Jesus Mosaic

You can read Bishop Stephen’s sermon on the Diocese of Chelmsford website, and the event was covered by local media:

BBC News

Essex Chronicle

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