Picture of the old cross Easter 1999
It may not be the "true" Cross
The cross on the Chevin, which has now become a well known and loved Easter symbol of hope for many people will be replaced for the new millennium.
The cross, which is being replaced after 31 years was the brainchild of the Otley Christian Council of Churches which, following on from the work of the Vatican II Council in the 1960s, intensified the aim of working together as much as possible. The Chevin cross was one co-operative initiative, which has become a source of comfort and inspiration to many people.
The true meaning of the Cross of Jesus Christ can be found in the hearts and lives of people who follow him but it is hoped that the one on the Chevin will continue as a symbol of redemption for many years to come.
Over the last 30
years Otley folk have taken ownership of the Chevin Cross.
Undoubtabley, it has provoked the thoughts and touched the hearts of residents and visitors alike.
It was a particular privilege to co-ordinate the construction of a replacement for this dearly loved symbol.
Contributions form many people over the last few months, financially and in time and effort, have meant that the new cross will be ready to take its place over the town in time for the new year.
And what better way to begin the new year than within the sight of this wonderful reminder of the real extent of Gods love to us.
for and on behalf of The Carpenter Workshop.
The Cross at Christmas
IS A SYMBOL FOR SO MUCH
SO IT GOES UP ON Saturday 18th Dec
With Gods help and yours the Cross will be on the Chevin
to put it up Saturday 18th Dec
to take it down
From Otley Ministers
Each Easter-time for over thirty years, the Chevin Cross has kept watch over the town of Otley and the surrounding countryside. Now, to mark the beginning of a new century, and a new Millennium, we have a new Cross, provided through the generosity of the people of the town, This year, uniquely, the Cross will stand on the Chevin over Christmas and the New Year too - a reminder that, whether we recognise it or not, the Millennium has a profoundly Christian dimension, celebrating, as it does, the moment when God chose to enter our world in Jesus of Nazareth, For Christians, that moment is the pivotal point of all human history.
The Chevin Cross, standing over the town, symbolizes the Cross of Jesus himself - the deepest expression of the love of God for each one of his children - a love which overshadows and embraces the whole world - a gentle, compassionate, forgiving, welcoming love.
The Chevin Cross is an empty Cross, celebrating, too, the resurrection of Jesus Christ - and the power of God which can overcome fear and darkness, is greater than all our evil, and shatters even the bonds of death itself. Entering the new millennium with Christ we need not be afraid, for, whatever the future holds, he is alive, ready to meet us there, and take our hand - and walk with us, by our side.
The truth is, the Cross of Jesus Christ speaks not only to the world, but to each one of us, inviting us to draw close to the God whom Jesus called Father, and to know his love, his mercy, his forgiveness, and the power of his Spirit in our lives. Will you respond?
Chevin Cross was paid for by donations from the people of Otley
I.B.Thompson - Cabinet Maker