Members of the Trinity Shared Ministry have decorated the tree outside their church with artistically crafted butterflies. Those who go on social distancing walks are invited to admire the crafts and add their own if interested. Photo by Mary Neathway

Trinity Shared Ministry in Clearwater creates butterfly tree for public to admire

"Spring will come, new life will be born and flowers will bloom."

  • Apr. 13, 2020 12:00 a.m.

While some are hanging hearts in their windows for people to enjoy, members of the Trinity Shared Ministry have taken on a similar activity and decorated the tree outside their church with artistically crafted butterflies.

“It was just a thought and we did it, mostly for anyone who walks by, but also, a butterfly is kind of a symbol of Easter and rebirth, so it’s a pretty good church congregation choice,” said Mary Neathway, who helped come up with the idea.

The project was also partly inspired by the quote, “Perhaps the butterfly is proof that you can go through a great deal of darkness, yet become something beautiful,” and Neathway added that spring will come, new life will be born and flowers will bloom.

Some of the crafted butterflies are crocheted, made from wire, cloth, card stock, beads, and other mediums, and Neathway estimates they’ve hung about 25 of them from the tree for people to admire as they walk by.

After the congregation suspended services at the beginning of March due to COVID-19 a sense of restless overcame the members and this was also another way for them to pass the time.

“We wanted to do something, mostly — we’re not used to just sitting and twiddling our thumbs. We do things,” she said.

“Anybody who wants to walk by and admire or add more to it are more than welcome.”

The church where the butterfly tree is located can be found at 336 Clearwater Village Rd.


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