Beside a dangling pink curtain, Dat Deus incrementum is visible on the photograph of the official opening - 'God gives the increase'.
The youth group will know that in their original context these words have nothing to do with sport or sports centres. The motto derives from the Apostle Paul's teaching to a local church about the true spiritual dynamic of their growth in the Lord Jesus Christ:
Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth anything, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase (1 Corinthians 3v5-7 - King James Version).Unfortunately, Paul is not credited on the inscription. With Christianity now a more distant dot on the English cultural horizon than when cc was at the school in the 1970s, the Deus in the inscription could be any god. Surely it would have been right educationally, but more importantly spiritually and morally, to have cited St Paul on the plaque so as to make it clear that it is the Christian God that is being referred to.
Cranmer's Curate is blogging off for the summer, back God willing in September. He leaves the youth group, most of whom are dedicated servants of local churches beloved by God, with the Collect for the Fourth Sunday after Trinity:
O God, the protector of all that trust in thee, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us thy mercy; that, thou being our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we finally lose not the things eternal: Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ's sake our Lord. Amen.