The New Room is inviting Bristol to decorate butterflies this Easter for the Emerging Hope project, to be displayed in their city centre courtyard when the site re-opens

7th April 2021

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Using the butterfly as a symbol for hope, the Emerging Hope project encourages children (and adults) to get creative this Easter. Providing a selection of print-at-home templates so families can create a flutter of butterflies to either post or photograph to send digitally to the New Room.

Families will then have the opportunity to visit the New Room’s Broadmead courtyard in May and June to see their butterflies on display. The New Room is the oldest Methodist chapel in the world and was originally built in 1739. Nowadays it offers a haven in the centre of Broadmead.

Usually over Easter, the New Room works with The Ark team to run an animal trail around Bristol Shopping Quarter – including Cabot Circus, Broadmead and The Galleries. The Ark will still be running some projects with local schools this year, but as the full experience is postponed due to restrictions, the Emerging Hope project hopes to inspire children and adults to focus on the symbolism of the butterfly and its lifecycle. As a caterpillar, it has to hide away in a chrysalis until it re-emerges in its new and beautiful form.

The project is free to participate in and butterfly templates and instructions can be found on the New Room website here

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