St John the Baptist Church Gastard – The East Window

The Millenium Window

The Millennium Window
( taken by Jim Sidery )

 THE EAST WINDOW

The congregation, local residents, friends and charities commemorated the Millennium by raising sufficient funds to replace the plain glass of the original window with the stained glass seen above. Bishop John Neale dedicated the window to the Glory of God in 2001.

The window is now known affectionately as  THE MILLENNIUM WINDOW.

It was designed and installed by Tony Bristow and represents St John the Baptist, the patron saint of our church, and Gastard’s close association with the mining of stone. Many people in the first congregation were stone workers. The style  was chosen  to complement the  simplicity of the church with its plain but solid workmanship reminiscent of the Arts and Crafts Movement.

The symbolism may be interpreted in different ways but it is generally agreed that the Rising Cross, in roughly hewn wood, represents Christ and the Church. The wood is reminiscent of props used in a mine. The water is symbolic of the River Jordan, baptism and the washing  away of sin. Around the outside the layers of stone remind us of the earth and  the blue arc above of eternity and  heaven. The  colours of blue, russet and cream harmonise with the tapestry kneelers made by members of the  congregation. In the morning sun the light filters through the stained glass  and highlights the chancel with  colour  that  is a delight for all  to see.