Windows

St Christopher's has a set of ten stained glass windows designed and executed by Thomas Denny DA(Edin) (Tom Denny ), each based upon a parable from the Gospels. The windows are also linked by colour, with the colours from each window carrying over into adjacent ones.

St Christopher's is open daily; however, if you represent a group who are interested in viewing the windows, please contact Pam Dainton - - who would be happy to arrange your visit and organize any refreshments.

Image of The House on the RockImage of The SowerImage of Consider the LiliesImage of The RavensImage of The NetImage of The Fruitful Tree and the ThornsImage of The Fig TreeImage of The Good ShepherdImage of The TaresImage of The City on a Hill

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The House on the Rock

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The House on the Rock

Matthew 7:24-27

'So whoever hears these words of mine and acts on them is like a man who had the sense to build his house on rock. The rain came down, the floods rose the winds blew and beat upon that house; but it did not fall, because its foundations were on rock. And whoever hears these words of mine and does not act on them is like the man who was foolish enough to build his house on sand. The rain came down. the floods rose, the winds blew and battered against that house; and it fell with a great crash.'

1994 - Reminiscent of an ideal medieval whitewashed farmhouse set on a knoll surrounded by water.

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The Sower

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The Sower

Matthew 13:3

'He told them many things in parables. He said, "A sower went out to sow, and as he sowed, some of the seed fell along the footpath; and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil, and it sprouted quickly because it had no depth of earth; but when the sun rose it was scorched, and as it had no root it withered away."'

1985 - Inspired by the extensive landscape, with distant hills, as found in the flatter parts of Western Ireland.

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Consider the Lilies

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Consider the Lilies

Luke 12:27

'Think of the lilies: they neither spin nor weave yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his splendour was not attired like one of them.'

1990 - The landscape is inspired by a stoney dry bank in Siccaridge Wood, Bisley Road, Sapperton. A wonderful site for Lily of the Valley.

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The Ravens

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The Ravens

Luke 12:24

'Think of the ravens: they neither sow nor reap; they have no storehouse or barn; yet God feeds them. You are worth far more than the birds.'

1986 - The landscape shown is inspired by the West Counties of Ireland, where Ravens are common. Out to sea are the Skellig Isles, off Co. Kerry.

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The Net

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The Net

Matthew 13:47-50

'Again the kingdom of Heaven is like a net cast into the sea where it caught fish of every kind. When it was full, it was hauled ashore. Then the men sat down and collected the good fish into baskets and threw the worthless away. That is how it will be at the end of time. The angels will go out, and they will separate the wicked from the good, and throw them into the blazing furnace, and there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.'

1993 - The landscape shown is not inspired by anywhere in particular.

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The Fruitful Tree and the Thorns

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The Fruitful Tree and the Thorns

Matthew 7:16-20

'You will recognise them by their fruit. Can grapes be picked from briars, or figs from thistles? A good tree cannot bear bad fruit. A tree that does not yield sound fruit is cut down and thrown on the fire. That is why I say "you will recognise them by their fruit".'

1993 - The trees are based on fruit trees and hawthorn bushes as found near Sapperton.

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The Fig Tree

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The Fig Tree

Luke 13:6-9

'He told them this parable: "A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it, but found none. So he said to the vine-dresser, 'For the last three years I have come looking for fruit on this tree without finding any. Cut it down. Why should it go on taking goodness from the soil?" but he replied, "Leave it, sir, for this one year, while I dig around it and manure it, and if it bears next season, well and good, if not you shall have it down."'

1988 - A landscape of lumpy woods and orchards reminiscent of Herefordshire.

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The Good Shepherd

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The Good Shepherd

Matthew 18:12

'What do you think? Suppose someone has a hundred sheep, and one of them strays, does not he leave the other ninety-nine on the hillside and go in search of the one that strayed?'

1990 - The empty wilderness of Sutherland, where such hills as Ben Stack and Quinag loom on the horizon.

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The Tares

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The Tares

Matthew 13:30

'Let them both grow together till harvest and at harvest time I will tell the reaper, "Gather the darnel first, tie it in bundles for burning, then collect the wheat into my barn".'

1987 - Typical Wiltshire down land as found near Avebury, with beech clumps on the ridge of the downs and extensive arable fields in the foreground.

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The City on a Hill

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The City on a Hill

Matthew 5:14,16

'You are a light for all the world. A town that stands on a hill cannot be hidden.
Like the lamp you must shed light among your fellows so that, when they see the good you do, they may give praise to your Father in heaven.'

1995 - Not any specific city, but the valley depicts the steep sided Wye valley near Tintern. Bettridge and Belmont schools could be in the city.

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