Peter Green: March 2019
The winner of our recent name and logo competition for our refurbished church welcome area was not an individual but a team. Team AMC! This was because the final name and design was a combination of ideas from the original entries, the Selection Panel, Leadership Team and the Church Welcome Project Team.
Whilst the Selection Panel liked several of the entered designs, it felt that none of them fully represented the welcoming ethos of the project's vision. This news was shared with the Leadership and Project Teams and a new draft design was submitted from a team member. Elements of that design were taken from some of the original entries. These elements included use of the Methodist orb, saying who we are and where we are and curved writing. The featured word WELCOME was from the Selection Panel's feedback.
Another member of the teams brainstormed a list of possible names to which some others were added. A storm of emails tended to include the word cafe. But several felt that we would be using the area for much more than that. Cafe + then gained favour until we were brought back to the original project vision.
This was to create a welcoming space for people of all faiths and none; that offered a place of belonging for all, but especially for those in the community who struggle to belong. The vision included words like community, hospitality, enabling, friendly, supportive, non-judgemental and a listening ethos. A consensus then rapidly supported The Welcome Space, one of the original brainstormed names and this final design was agreed.
So a very big THANK YOU to all who contributed in any way. To read or re-read the project brochure, click here.
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