With the help of local school children and the broader community, Glenorchy Uniting Church has added a splash of colour to a once drab and graffiti covered back wall which borders the church car park.
The striking mural depicts the church and Glenorchy Primary School and highlights the multicultural nature of the city, located about seven kilometres north of Hobart.
Glenorchy Primary is a near neighbour of the church and students from the school and the nearby Cosgrove High School painted the mural under the supervision of local artist Mark Shannon.
The mural project took about 20 months to come together and is the end result of the efforts of many people.
Church elder Gary Kelly said there were several synergies between the mural project and the concept of mission.
‘The church, in discussing this question early in 2014, appreciated that a church in any community models the Kingdom of God,” he said.
‘It follows that care for facilities of this kind is also a contribution to the social amenity of the local neighbourhood and a means of honouring God.”
Mr Kelly said the planning and creation of the mural had drawn the wider community together – from the schools, to the artist, the Glenorchy City Council, the nearby Anglican Church and the surrounding commercial and residential neighbourhoods.
“The church understands that Christians enter into the community as salt and light bringing the Good News of Jesus by every available means. There is a connection with those whose lives are already being touched by the grace of God.
“The mural has proven to be a means of such connection, as people in often surprising ways have been ready and willing to work with us on this mural.
“Council employees, school principals, neighbours and our own church members have stepped forward when needed and relationships have developed.”