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Christian calendar

02 January 2015

It seemed impossible to find a Christian calendar for her mother, who is a vicar. That was the complaint of Louise Taylor, daughter of the Revd Rachel Battershell, Team Vicar in the Ashton-Under-Lyne Team Ministry, in Manchester diocese. Ms Taylor, aged 21, is currently studying for a BA in Graphic Design and Visual Communication at Blackpool and the Fylde College, University Centre, in Blackburn diocese. Last year, she decided to fill the gap in the market with her own version of a Christian calendar.

One of the things she has always loved about church, she says, is the visual impact of stained-glass windows; so she thought she would try to create that look in her calendar. She found, when researching stained-glass windows, that they were all very complex, and sometimes it was hard to see what was going on. That was not what she wanted in the calendar.

What she tried to do was to create 12 different images that were "simple to look at but yet tell the story that they need to". Each of the illustrations had a title and a passage from the Bible to explain it. And each Sunday and any important date also had its own reading.

The calendar for 2014 was highly commended at the National Calendar awards, and proved so popular that Ms Taylor has now had printed a similar calendar for 2015.


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