Butterflies signify life anew

The Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church welcomed Easter and Spring with more than 1,000 beautiful hand-colored butterflies.

In early March, the church congregation took the butterflies, which were printed on heavy cardstock, home to decorate. All ages participated - from toddlers to seniors.

“We originally thought it would be a great way to get the children involved,” worship director Mary Posluch said, “but it ended up bringing the entire congregation together.”

Over several weeks in many homes, family time was spent coloring, water painting, sequining, gluing beads or buttons, embossing, and sprinkling shimmery glitter as the final touch.

“The butterflies are about new life, a way to celebrate the resurrection of Christ,” volunteer Darlys Tippie, who came up the idea, said. “Just when you think it’s the end, it’s really the beginning. This started out a small project and mushroomed into the whole church becoming involved. And now, on Easter morning, more than 1,000 beautiful butterflies, will be on display.”

The butterflies will remain within the church until May 24, when they will be removed, and taken to convalescent homes and Valley Children’s Hospital with personalized messages to cheer their recipients.