We are helping a city centre chapel with plans to unveil flowers in a rainbow of Pride colours to celebrate togetherness and inclusivity at a special event during Manchester Flower Festival this weekend.

The festival is a celebration of floral displays, outdoor dining, entertainment and a floral trail across within the centre of Manchester from Friday 24 May to Monday 27 May. Cross Street Unitarian Chapel will reopen its Pop-Up Peace Garden at 12noon on Sunday 26 May.

The event is scheduled to follow a Flower Communion at the chapel starting at 10:45am, which is open to everyone and is giving away free blooms.

Our homelessness charity designed, made and delivered the flower boxes especially for Cross Street Unitarian Chapel’s event, which have been planted in a rainbow of colours to mark the inclusion of LGBTQ+ people within the church community.

We were invited to make the garden furniture by the Rev Cody Coyne to replace old planters from 2016. The new additions will greatly improve the environment and provide a splash of colour for people visiting and passing by in the local community.

The Rev Cody Coyne said: “We are grateful to Emmaus for their hard work in designing and building these planters. For eight years our Pop-up Peace Gardens have provided some colour to the city centre, and now we can ensure it can continue for many more!”

Furniture-making is part of Emmaus Bolton’s broader mission to provide a stable home, support and work opportunities for individuals who have been homeless. By engaging in projects like this, people supported by the charity can gain valuable skills and a sense of accomplishment.

Director of Emmaus Bolton, Tony Stephenson, said: “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to Cross Street Unitarian Chapel’s community space. We worked incredibly hard on these planters, and hope they bring joy to everyone who sees them.”

If you would like to see examples of furniture made on-site, visit Our Shops page and check out our online store and workshop gallery.

For free tickets for the Pop-Up Peace Garden reopening and/or the Flower Communion, you can visit: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/cross-street-unitarian-chapel/

The Rev Cody Coyne addresses visitors to the special re-opening event
Flowers planted in our made-to-measure woodwork were planted in Pride colours to symbolise togetherness with the LGBTQ+ community
The Rev Cody Coyne, Unitarian historian Dr Ann Peart and Steve Roman of Manchester Peace Trail
The Rev Cody Coyne and parishioners get ready for the grand opening on Cross Street in Manchester
Emmaus Bolton garden furniture was delivered and installed at Cross Street in the city centre in time for Manchester Flower Festival
Friends of the Peace Garden Steve Roman, of Manchester Peace Trail, and Qaisra Shahraz of MACFEST attended the event led by the Rev Cody Coyne and Dr Ann Peart from the Unitarian faith
The planters were made on-site at Emmaus Bolton's wood workshop
Emmaus Bolton planters contain a dazzling array of colour to brighten up Manchester city centre
Anyone passing will be able to enjoy the Emmaus Bolton planters, which are now permanently situated outside Cross Street Chapel
The planting boxes made by Emmaus Bolton contain all the colours of the rainbow
A step-by-step display of the planters going in was on display at the relaunch ceremony for the Pop Up Peace Garden. Can you see the Emmaus Bolton delivery van?
Inside Cross Street Chapel the church community celebrates Pride Month
Signs for the Pop-Up Peace Garden Re-Opening point people to Emmaus Bolton planters this way
Unitarian historian Dr Ann Peart cut the ribbon to declare the Pop-Up Peace Garden open
Emmaus Bolton planters are given a rainbow of colour to symbolise inclusivity at Cross Street Unitarian Chapel in Manchester City Centre