The Anglican Parish of Caroline Springs
For Caroline Springs Anglican, 15/10/17 marks the beginning of a new season under a new banner:
What's in a name?
In the story of the Bible, names often communicate something significant.
One of the most obvious examples of this is 'Jesus'. In Matthew's gospel, the angel of the Lord said to Joseph: “You shall call his name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21). The name, Jesus, comes from the Hebrew word “to save”.
On a few occasions, names are purposely changed to convey that person’s calling, as in the case of 'Abram' being changed to 'Abraham' (Gen. 17:5), 'Jacob' being changed to 'Israel' (Gen. 32:27-28), and 'Simon' being changed to 'Peter' (Matt. 16:17-18).
According to the Bible, names are important. They are capable of shaping identity, and communicating deep truth.
The seed for our own name change was actually planted in 2012, when the vision for a theologically-rich, gospel-centred identity was first discussed, and the concept of the Red Door was first imagined.
symbolism & significance
The image of the Red Door has long been a symbol of redemption, refuge, and hope.
Red Door is Symbolic: with deep theological significance, representing the gospel narrative that shapes our collective identity.
Red Door is Biblical: drawing on the imagery of the Passover which was fulfilled and perfected in Jesus' sacrificial death.
Red Door is Historical: being grounded in tradition going back to the cathedral architecture of the Middle Ages where the colour red, symbolising the Blood of Christ, was painted on the doors of the building.
It's a new season, but changing our name hasn't changed our mission.
We continue to be a community of people helping people make all of life all about Jesus. Please pray that in this new season of church life, God would graciously enable us to be everything he is calling us to be!