Members of the trust gathered together in the lovely surroundings of the Wolds Heritage Centre, at the restored former church of St. James, Warter, East Riding of Yorkshire to discuss the future of the Trust now that grant funding of the project has come to an end.
A new stained glass window has been installed at St. Margaret’s Church, Millington. It has been commissioned as a generous gift from a member of the church and has been designed, made and installed by Thomas Denny of Belchalwell, Dorset. A service of dedication will take place on 12th November 2007 and be conducted by the Archbishop of York, the Most Revd. and Rt Hon. John Sentamu.
Thomas Denny was asked to design a window linking the powerful themes of journeying and resurrection. The Emmaus story was chosen as the theme for the window and shows scenes from the story of the meeting of Jesus, on the third day after the crucifixion, with two of the disciples who were going to the village of Emmaus, some seven miles from Jerusalem. The disciples failed to recognise Jesus until they arrived at Emmaus and he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognised Jesus; and he vanished from their sight.
At the top right, in the tracery, the two set off. Then follows the meeting in the main lights. At the top left the three continue together and the supper at Emmaus is in the central tracery.
As the end of the second year of the project approaches, we can feel very proud of our achievements so far. There are now over 120 member churches signed up and enjoying the benefits of being part of a larger group with similar aims.
Delegates at our Winter Conference in December, enjoyed a fascinating talk by Pat McLaughlin of the Rotherham Church Tourism Initiative. As he has proved so popular at previous events, Pat seemed the obvious choice to speak on "Architectural History for Beginners", and we weren't disappointed.
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