When the followers of Christ started looking for symbols to illustrate their faith, the Bee was one of the first to be incorporated as a Christian symbol. The bee may symbolise parishioners working fervently for the Church ~ the Hive.
Germanic cultures see the seemingly erratic flight of bees as a symbol of wandering souls.
The information above comes from the book Stories in Stone by Douglas Keister.
As these photos were all taken on the German island of Föhr, it made me wonder about the bees being perceived as wandering souls and perhaps the Hive therefore represents a Home, Safe Haven or Sanctuary for them....
All photos taken at St. Laurentii, Suderender, Föhr