|The windows of Epworth
When you first enter the sanctuary, you'll probably notice the
striking colors of the 12 windows of Epworth. One of the early
Epworth members, Dick Smith, designed the windows in the
late-1990s when the sanctuary was built.
There are 10 vertical windows in the walls of this octagon-shaped
sanctuary. Each is about six feet high and two feet wide. But
where are the other two, you ask? Look above you in the center
ceiling. There are two triangular windows in the central gables.
These two windows are about nine feet long by two and a half
feet high. You may also notice the two incuse crosses in the
sloping ceilings flanking these windows.
Dick intended each window to have its own theme independent
of the others. The colors and style of presentation are matched to
One unifying feature in each of the lower windows is an octagon
|of identical size and in the same location, although treated in a
different manner in each case. This octagonal shape relates to the
contour of the sanctuary itself.
All of the vertical windows share another feature: each contains
some uncolored, textured glass representing the two-way
interaction between the church and the surrounding community.
There is a strong presence of symbolism, both literally and subtly,
in each window design. It relates particularly to the Epworth
experience in worshipping and serving God.
For the most part, the content of the windows relates to the New
Testament. There are no scenes of saints or prophets. The scenes
you see are intended to address today's church and work yet to be
Here are Dick Smith's explanations of each window's content. Oh,
by the way, Franklin Art Glass Studios, Inc., fabricated the windows.
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