Valley Church had a long tradition of displaying beautiful, volunteer-created banners in the sanctuary and outside on the church building.  There are several different sets of banners which are rotated based on the liturgical calendar or event. 

Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent, a period of preparation for Easter.  This is a time of remembering the trials of Jesus. The 40 weekdays of Lent, excluding the Sundays and Holy Week, correspond to the forty days spent by Moses, Elijah and Christ in the desert. The shades of purple stand for penitence and suffering.

Holy Week is a sub-season of Lent, beginning on Palm Sunday and continuing the seven days up to Easter. The gospel story includes the agony of Gethsemane, the betrayal and arrest, the hearings before the High Priest and Herod, the trial under Pontius Pilate, the mocking of Jesus by the soldiers, the carrying of the cross to Calvary, and the crucifixion and death of Jesus.

Palms remind us of the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, a symbol of victory. Three crosses signify the crucifixion. A solitary cross represents the cross that Christ carried through Jerusalem. A crown of thorns reminds us of the death on the cross. The crown indicates the royalty of Jesus.

Maundy Thursday of Holy Week is when Christ washed the feet of his disciples, instituted the Lord’s Supper, and gave a new commandment, “Love One Another”. The colors are purple or red.

Good Friday is the day of the crucifixion and the color is black.

"There is a great deal of joy around this church community." -Gwen

"What we really love about Valley is that it is true to its vision of Open Hearts, Open Minds, Opening Lives to God." -Craig