Here is a picture of our new windows - thanks to everyone who contributed to
Announcement from Rev. Matt:
As our Clerk of Sesion Michael Brett announced on Sunday, the new windows have been installed
and the workmen are finishing up the last bit of trim work. Jerry Greer and Marlene Barnett supervised the
initial work and much of the original glass was successfully set aside for posterity and possible future projects.
To be sure, the look is different--but different is good. When we moved from the centre and side aisle
orientation of the pews to the more ancient "in the round" style some 30 years ago (under The Rev.
Drew Strickland), that too was different. Beaches has a long tradition of proving that different is good.
My own personal impressions are very happy! From the outside, they look lovely and new. On the outside,
we show who we are on the inside--people who care and people who are doing something. No more holes, cracks,
rust, and slumping sheets of glass due to failing supports. New, strong, and bright were the words that came to my mind.
With the ramp and now the windows--the outside is reflecting the reality of the inspiring goodness inside.
Inside, (although they are not) the new windows seem much bigger. They are also brighter. More light comes through. It is not
light that will blind--it is light that illumines and bathes the worship space. The textured glass adds a sense of
mystery along with the clarity.
When I turned to leave the sanctuary, I was struck by the (newer) stained glass windows on the upper north wall (built by Marlene, Susan Kopulos, and
Bill Crawford). They seem extra-striking, extra beautiful, and provide an excellent visual contrast. They are also a permanent testament to the historical
stained glass. A great dialogue in light and art takes place between ancient and modern in our worship space. The remaining stained glass really
presents itself now. The past will always be with us as we enjoy the present and welcome the future.
The windows remind me of the great churches built by Sir Christopher Wren after so many were destroyed in the great fire of London.
He believed that clearer opaque glass could enhance the worship space and be just as majestic as coloured glass or glass that showed
great pictures. Beaches now stands alongside St. Paul's Cathedral and the Church of St. Martin in the Fields. Not too shabby!
Also, clear, open, and simple would have made John Calvin's heart very glad as well.
There is also the added bonus of being warm in the winter and cool in the summer and not the other way 'round any more! All of the new
windows open at the bottom and are very energy efficient. It will be good to watch the heating budget this year to see what happens.
Come out on Sunday and let's see the light together!
The colour of the sanctuary now comes from you, God's people, the living images of God called to let their light
so shine before others that all may see the true glory of God.
See you then,
PS: These windows were made possible through the great generosity of many wonderful people who gave gifts of heart and hand.
There will be a dedication of the ramp and the windows to the Glory of God soon, so stay tuned for that special event!