A CHURCH has given new life to wood from a demolished school as part of its Easter celebrations.
Moldgreen United Reformed Church, on Wakefield Road, fashioned an Easter cross from wood from Moldgreen Community School.
The school, on The Avenue, was demolished last month. The Victorian building will be replaced with a modern school by 2005.
Pupils are now being taught in a temporary building at nearby Ravensknowle Park.
Normally, the cross is made from wood taken from a dead Christmas tree.
But this year the Church and Community Group - made up of church members and Moldgreen residents of all ages - chose to make an exception this year.
They thought the cross would symbolise the Easter message of new life.
The group's chairman, 15-year-old James Lawson, suggested the idea to the church's minister, the Rev George Courtney, and was given the go- ahead.
James's mother, Angela Lawson, said: "They thought it was symbolic of Easter and new life, because the old school is disappearing and there will be new life when they create the new one."
She added: "There was a lot of community uproar about the old school and James likes to bring the community and church together."
The cross stood in the church garden on Easter Sunday and was decorated with fresh flowers.