When MWiB was launched in July 2011 it was decided to wait and allow a new logo for the movement to emerge. Initially, the new movement continued to use the logos of its constituent parts, Women’s Network in the Methodist Church and the World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women.
After discussion, prayer, consultation and, eventually, taking ideas to a professional graphic designer, Sally Bamford www.little-betty.co.uk several designs were submitted to the MWiB Forum meeting in March 2013 and this enchanting, clever butterfly was selected (formed from the letters MWiB, gathered around the cross).
The butterfly image represents aspects of our Christian belief. The life cycle of the butterfly has four distinct stages.
The egg: Jesus still offers new life to all who believe in him. (John 3: 1-8)
The caterpillar: As we feed on the Word of God we grow as disciples. (2 Timothy 3: 15-17)
The chrysalis: Prayer is the powerhouse for the Christian who waits on the Lord. (Ephesians 3: 16)
The butterfly: A symbol of resurrection, new life in Christ, freedom and perfection. (2 Corinthians 5: 17)
The Story of the Butterfly
One day a young woman came across a chrysalis and saw that it was just beginning to open. She decided to help the emerging butterfly on its way and so prised open the chrysalis. The butterfly emerged but its wings could never function. It had needed the time of struggle in order for the wings to be fully formed. We are sometimes tempted to try and force God’s hand. In our impatience, we forget that we learn from perseverance.
who delights in beauty
and sees potential within
each of us;
we thank you for
opportunities of a fresh start,
a new beginning.
We hunger for your Word,
your life in us.
We wait upon you now,
trusting you to create in us
the exquisite being
Set us free to glorify