New windows help remember the past

Two new stained glass windows have been dedicated as part of a church’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

The windows, designed on the theme of Easter and the Resurrection, have been confirmed at St Paul’s Church, in Whitley Bay, by Glyn Webster the Bishop of Beverly.

They were designed and made by local stained glass artist and college lecturer Sean Dowinton, a member of the congregation and churchwarden.

An 18-month consultation and design took place between the artist, the Reverend Gavin Gilchrist and the congregation. It was decided to create a pair of windows in the family chapel in the southwest corner of the church, the only corner without stained glass.

The design of the window reflects the current use as a space of remembrance with candles depicting the theme of Easter and the Resurrection and candlelight as a symbol of the divine.

Butterflies an early Christian symbol of resurrection and new life, fly up across the windows and the Easter flowers add a note of celebration and joy.

At the top of the large window are fifteen flames. Each flame represents a decade of Easters, together they represent the 150 Easters the church has celebrated in its 150-year history.

All are welcome to visit St Paul’s Church to see the windows. The church is open every Saturday morning between 10am and noon.

For more information on the windows, and groups wishing to arrange a guided visit, contact Sean Dowinton on (0191) 253 0752.