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Anonymous benefactor gifts Remembrance window to Cumbrian church

An anonymous benefactor has paid for a new Remembrance window to be installed in a Cumbrian church.

A generous gift of over £25,000 was made to the congregation of St Michael’s Workington in order for the new stained glass work to be installed in the Nave.

The window was put in place on Tuesday and there will be a special service of dedication and blessing next Sunday (September 29) at 6pm.

Canon Bryan Rowe, Rector of St Michael’s and Rural Dean of Solway, said: “This has only been made possible through the generosity of someone within our congregation and community and for that we, as a congregation, are truly thankful.

“We feel it is vitally important that the sacrifices of others made for us during wartime and in battle must continue to be remembered.

“The aim is to remember what Jesus did for us, what those who served did for us and those who served us by remaining at home.

“The window really does convey that message in a beautiful way. We’re proud to have it here at St Michael’s. It has a real wow factor about it.”

The window’s design is in harmony – both in colour and style - with the church’s existing opposite and adjacent windows.

The theme of Remembrance is emphasised by the central figure of Jesus Christ with outstretched arms.

Behind the figure is a green living cross and at the base of the middle light are two figures in cassocks holding a chalice and paten.

The left light contains the words “I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2), while the right reads “In my Father’s house are many mansions” (John 14:2).

Shields of the Navy, Army and Air Force also feature along with a wreath enclosing crosses and poppies.

There are also images of members of the serving forces, nurses, civilians and children and at the top of the window are the words “The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all” (Rev 22:21).

Bryan added: “We’d also like to thank Pendle Stained Glass who designed and installed the window for doing such a tremendous job.

“It’s one thing to see notes about a design on a piece of paper but quite another to see the finished window in place. It is a tremendous piece of work which is to the glory and remembrance of the sacrifice of others.”

The window was designed by artist Roy Coomber who was a contemporary of John Lawson who designed the other Nave windows at St Michael’s.

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For further information please contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Officer, on 07984 927434 or at carlisledco@gmail.com.

 

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