Sunday, September 25, 2016

Stained Glass Windows in the Sanctuary of First Baptist Church

   The windows, now almost a century old, add more than beauty to our Sanctuary worship space. Each window displays Christian art and symbolism that point us to Jesus Christ and the truths contained in holy scripture. Designed and created by one of the leading glass artists of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, the Payne-Spiers Studios of Patterson, NJ, the windows are an important artistic and architectural part of regional history.
   In addition to the major symbols and depictions which are described in the captions for each window (click an image below for an enlargement), the windows also have secondary images, such as vines, branches and fruit, reminding us that Jesus is the vine, and we are the branches who are called to bear fruit in God's kingdom.
   Note: the images on this page show only a small portion of each window. The portions displayed contain the most significant images and symbols imbedded in the windows.
   You may click some of the photos to view a larger version.