CHURCH members and students have taken part in an art project to create a Christmas angel out of plastic bottles.

The intergenerational project was organised by Age UK and led by RTProjects, a local mental health charity and involved members of the congregation at Elvet Methodist Church, in Durham, and students from Durham University’s Josephine Butler College.

Deacon Annette Sharp said: “At the first Christmas, angels were messengers of peace for the world and goodwill to all people. At Elvet Methodist Church, Durham, we are delighted to welcome our own angel who comes with messages that echo that first greeting.

“S/he brings light to our garden in the darkest time of the year and has been made by a team of people, young and older from several local groups who care about and cooperate with each other. S/he is constructed from recycled materials which symbolise the commitment to caring for all creation and using resources wisely.”

The finished angel, which is outside the church in Old Elvet, will be lit tomorrow at 5pm.