First Presbyterian Church
Friday, May 24, 2013
Symbol of Our Faith
Take a quick look around our facility and you will find an oft-repeated symbol embedded within our architecture. It is a quatrefoil – literally meaning “four leaves.” Particularly evident in gothic architecture, the quatrefoil is a representation of cross. In our building you will find quatrefoils surrounding the sanctuary on the balconies and the organ, in the chandeliers, carved in the pulpit of the chapel, and within the ironwork of our banisters leading up to the narthex.
As we redesigned our website, a small committee looked for a symbol we might use to best represent our church. The quatrefoil emerged as that symbol because it speaks to our heritage and our future.
As the quatrefoil is a different kind of cross, First Presbyterian is a different kind of church. Within our community we are distinctive in the way that we worship, study, serve, and grow together as the body of Christ. The quatrefoil is a symbol that suggests harmony, symmetry, and balance. It is a symbol of inclusivity lacking hard edges. Likewise, the nature of belonging to First Presbyterian Church affords you room to explore the questions of faith and learn how that faith connects with the world around you.
Soon you will be seeing more quatrefoils: on our website, our stationary, and our bulletins. The move to embrace this symbol is an attempt to shape our life together as followers of the One who went to the cross – and was then raised!
In faith, hope, and love,