The Stained Glass Windows

Trinity’s beautiful windows: A distinguishing mark of older churches is their lovely stained glass windows.  These are usually placed as memorials.  Trinity United Church has 8 such windows.

 

The  windows have been donated over the years by or in the memory of the following members:

  • Almon B. Spencer  
  • United Church Women
  • Choir Members
  • William E. Clark
  • Mr. & Mrs. William G. Smart
  • Rev. Edward Swallows
  • Mr. & Mrs. John Atkins
  • Mr. & Mrs. Albert Bellinger
  • Gordon Dey and his parents, Wm. P. Dey and Annie McCoy

 

The Almon B. Spencer Window
 

(South West Window #1) : In 1952, the first stained window was dedicated on Oct. 12.  This was
done in
memory of Almon B. Spencer, and was presented by his sons Lynn B. Spencer, Q.C., and Rev. Robert Spencer.  The event was during the pastorate of Rev. John E. Hunter, B.A.  Frank E. Courtice was chair of the Memorial Window Committee at the time.  A.B. Spencer was of United Empire Loyalist parentage, and was born in Prince Edward County, Ontario.  Around 1885, he set up a general merchandise store in Collingwood.  He remained here until his death in 1915.  Mr. Spencer Served as Sunday School superintendent, class leader, and local preacher in the Maple Street Methodist Church, now Trinity United.

This window is located on the south side of the sanctuary at the exit to the banquet hall.  The upper portion of the window shows Jesus calling Simon and Andrew to be His followers.  The inscription is found in St. Mark’s Gospel, chapter 1: verse 18.  It says: "Straightway, they forsook their nets and followed Him".  The lower section has two panels entitled ‘My Rewarder’ and ‘There have I coveted to set my foot, too.’

In the summer of 1997, descendants of A.B. Spencer visited Trinity and gave a copy of the order of service from the dedication Sunday to the church archives.

 

 

United Church Women Window

 

(Window #2 from South West corner): In 1970, the second wi
ndow on  the south side was presented on
May 10th by the United Church Women’s groups (cf 125
th Anniversary book).  It is dedicated to ‘the glory of God, and in loving memory of all the women who served this Church’.  The window depicts Jesus’ love of children.  Its inscription reads: “Whoever shall not receive the Kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein” (Luke 18:17).

 

 

  

Choir Members Window

(Bottom of Window #3 from South West corner):1965,  Next to this is the window dedicated September 19th by choir members.
It honours all those who served in the choir in past years, and was presented by member Basil Brock.  Mrs. Bea (Bert) Myler unveiled it.  Rev. Keith F. Tudor was minister at the time.

 

 

 

  

William E. Clark Window

(Top of Window #3 from South West corner): 2003, This most recent stain glass window was dedicated in
the spring of 2003, and flows from the choir window below with the colours of blue and the theme of music with the lute, lyre and harp.  The artist, Sue Obata, also maintains the harmony of angels found in the other stain glass.  The window was dedicated by his wife Claire Clark, in the memory of Bill, who worked tirelessly on many boards and committees of the church.

 

 

  

Mr. & Mrs. William G. Smart

North West Window #1): 1964, A handsome double-panelled window was unveiled and dedicated.  The date was Sunday, December 21 and is in memory of the late Mr. & Mrs. William G. Smart.  The window was a gift to the church from the members of the family.  It was unveiled by Edward M. Smart, and dedicated by Rev. Murray B. Masecar.  The window theme is that of Christ receiving and blessing the children. The inscription reads: ‘Suffer the little children to come unto me’ (Mathew 19:14) (EB Jan 7, 1965).  This window is located on the north side of the sanctuary, at the exit to the banquet hall.

  

 

 

Rev. Edward Swallows Window

Window #2 from North West Corner): 1977, This window is the memorial to Rev. Edward Sallows, founder
of Maple St. Wesleyan Methodist Church, 1853.  It was presented and unveiled on behalf of the congregation by James H.A. Fawcett.  The window was designed and installed by the Robert McCausland Co. Of Toronto, and also marked the 50
th anniversary of the United Church of Canada.  In 1977, McCausland was one of only three stained-glass artist firms left in Canada.  Today, their advertisement still appears in the United Church Observer.

In the top arch of the Sallows’ window are the words: “Hallelujah, for the Lord Omnipotent reigneth” (Book of Revelations, 19:6).  The panel below it illustrates the statement: “The Kingdom of this World has become the Kingdom of the Lord and His Christ, and He shall reign forever”.

 

Mr. & Mrs. John Atkins Window


Window #3 from North West Corner): 1957, A stained glass window was dedicated as a memorial to John
Atkins (1840-1904), and his wife Elizabeth (1866-1953).   The service was held on April 21, 1957 with Rev. John Hunter presiding..

The window was a gift of the Atkins family: Olive (Mrs. H.R. Foreman, of Toronto), John Atkins of Cleveland, Ohio, and Helen and Anne Atkins of Collingwood.  Anne unveiled the window which bears the words “He shall gather the lambs in His arms and carry them in His bosom” (from Isaiah 40:11).  The window was designed by Roland Aldous of Toronto, from a painting of the “Good Sheppard: by the German artist, Plockhurst. (EB April 25 1957) 

 

 

Mr. & Mrs. Albert Bellinger Window

(Window #4 from North West Corner): 1960, This window was a memorial to Mrs. Bellinger and a tribute to her husband Albert, still an active worker in the church at that time.  It was presented by Mrs. (Edith) Morrill Kirby, of Collingwood, and her brother, George Brillinger from Chatham.  The gift was accepted by Rev. M.B. Masecar.

One panel shows “Luke the beloved Physician” while the other depicts, “I am the light of the world”. (John 8:12)






Dey Window

(Upper Window # 3 from North West Corner): 2013, On Sunday March 10, 2013 with Rev. Dr. Brian Goodings as minister, Trinity unveiled a new stained glass window. The window is in memory of Gordon Dey and his parents, Wm. P. Dey and Annie McCoy and is donated by the Dey family (Jacqueline, Richard and Tim and families).



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