On the wall, above the pulpit, there is a naively carved wooden St Chad’s Cross with a Cross of Nails mounted on it. This was made and given by parishioner, Percy Cox, as was the processional cross in 1985.
St Chad of Mercia was a 7th century anglo-saxon abbot, known as the Apostle of the Midlands. The St Chad’s Cross is featured in the crest of both the Bishop of Coventry and of Lichfield Diocese.
Since World War II, the Cross of Nails has become a worldwide symbol of reconciliation. The original cross was made of three nails from the roof trusses of Coventry Cathedral, retrieved in November 1940, after German incendiary bombs and fire had destroyed the building.
The Community of the Cross of Nails is a network of over 200 churches, charities, peace-building centres, educational and training organisations, inspired by Coventry’s story of destruction, rebuilding and renewal. (for more information visit coventrycathedral.org.uk)