Ancient graffiti in St John the Baptist shows how connected villagers were with the need for God’s protection in medieval times.
The right hand of God shows up throughout the Bible as an idea rightness with God, and God’s power over all things. The ancient graffiti of a hand on the door frame the church of St John the Baptist is intriguing. It was probably a touchstone that reveals how villagers believed they needed God’s protection. They were right and wrong. The power of God is real and tangible. But covert graffiti isn’t necessary! Find out more below
Medieval graffiti gives us a fascinating insight into the life, beliefs and customs of the ordinary people of the time - a voice that’s rarely heard. It was a dangerous and often terrifying period of history to be alive, and people turned to God to protect them and keep them safe from a myriad of diseases, wars and oppression.
God's protection today?
This protection and love our medieval predecessors sought is still freely available. God in Jesus invites us into a new life. This is a welcome to a radical new life in which followers become agents of God’s mission to recreate the earth. God’s people are bringing freedom to those unjustly bound by addiction, breaking the chains of injustice, working justice for the poor, and transforming the world. This isn’t a soppy or sentimental thing. Nor is it a spirituality from which we can ‘pick and mix’ the bits we want. Send us a contact form for more info
Other marks in the church
The Hampshire Medieval Graffiti Project’s recent report on the church found a variety of historic marks. The carved hand is a place where we can see a recognisably Christian influence in the medieval graffiti. Other marks reported include curious overlapping circles which were less recognisably Christian. Most are thought to be efforts to seek protection from evil.In addition there are the usual collection of initials of craft workers, and perhas congregations. We are looking forward to more information including some fascinating surveys of marks below the altar which a team from NADFAS revealled earlier this year.