The cross, the manger, the wine (grape juice), the bread, the dove-all these things are important symbols in the church. These things are important to us here at Mooreland too. But I would add another symbol to this list. There’s nothing more that reminds me of the faith of the people here at Mooreland than a tie dyed T-shirt.
I know it sounds silly, but there’s a lot of truth to it. Whenever Mooreland has a big event like Vacation Bible School, a fundraiser, or Community Day-we’re in our tie dyed t-shirts more often than not. If we’re going to do a craft at VBS or have a craft sale-what do we have to do? We have to tie dye. It’s not the same without it.
Tie dying began years ago before my time here. I can’t tell you when it started, but I do know that it started with Vacation Bible School. It was a fun thing to do with the kids. And year after year, the kids want to tie dye. It’s not Vacation Bible School without tie dying. It’s a requirement now.
Last week we tie dyed shirts, onesies, and pillowcases. They will be on sale for our Haiti Craft Sale in November. Children and adults worked on their t-shirts. We used all different colors, we used different techniques, and there’s really no way to make a mistake. They all come out beautiful. It doesn’t matter how much dye is used. It doesn’t matter what colors are used. It’s doesn’t even matter if there’s a few spots that don’t match with the rest. The shirts are always beautiful.
The same is true with our congregation. All of us are different. Some of us are farmers. Some of us are schoolteachers. Some of us are medical personnel. We all have different stories and different backgrounds. And our differences make for a beautiful community of people. We are as unique as each tie dyed t-shirt.
Some churches have logos and branding. For me, our tie dye is our branding. It’s our logo.