The new logo for the Red Bank Cumberland Presbyterian Church incorporates the logo created for the Cumberland Presbyterian denomination. That logo was approved by the 176th General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, meeting in Birmingham, AL on June 23, 2006. Much like the church it represents, the logo is simple, but also has a depth of meaning and symbolism.
At first glance, the cross is quite similar to a traditional Celtic cross, long associated with the Presbyterian and Reformed denominations. However, upon close examination, the cross is actually composed of 4 people with their arms interlocked. This aspect of the design illustrates the people of God becoming the Body of Christ in the world, and that Cumberland Presbyterians are a connected community. While the people appear to be closing inward to the circle, the cross, as a whole, projects outward.
In addition, the interlocked arms of the people form a great circle. This is a circle of God’s love and grace; like a wedding band, the kind that has no end, one that can never be broken. The circle also represents the world into which the church brings God’s love and grace.
Finally, the negative (or white) space inside the circle creates another cross made of cups. This represents the church bringing the Cup of Salvation to the 4 corners of the earth.
The primary colors chosen for our logo are gold (representing royalty and power. Isaiah 62:3 states “You will be a crown of splendor in the Lord’s hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God”) and blue (representing trust, peace, order and loyalty). These colors are also found on the walls and in the stained glass of our sanctuary.
The Red Bank logo features two curved lines at the base of the cross. At first glance, the lines simply create an image of the cross being on a hill. This is a nod to our church’s long history of being the “friendly church on the hill.” However, in looking a bit deeper, those curved lines also symbolize arms reaching out and embracing our community. Finally, the hill is symbolic of Matthew 5:14-16: “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” Our goal is for Red Bank Cumberland Presbyterian Church to continue to be a light for those in our community.