I designed a window for St Paul’s Church, Brixton. I call St Paul’s the Miracle Churxch. The church does a lot to help the needs of the local community and their funds were needed for excellent projects like Food Bank and other local support. So I asked God to provide me with the funds another way and took a leap of faith and made their window for them at cost. God miraculously provided me with funds to survive this big financial risk! I won a large commission at that time, Rollesby Church near Great Yarmouth which covered my loss. I love this window, it reflects the vibrancy and diversity of the congregation and local poeple. The congregation came to my studio and chose pieces of glass to paint prayers and personal designs on and then I fired their designs onto the glass and installed their pieces into the window. So the congregation have a connection with the window and feel it is fully theirs. The window gives the flat roofed 1930s building a sense of being a church. I used hand-blown English Antique streaky glass in places.
St Paul's Church, Ferndale Road, Brixton. www.stpaulsbrixton.org
My sign is an E and a B joined. Members of St Paul's congregation came to my studio and painted some of the glass with prayers, words and designs that were personal to them and the church.
Detail from top of window
Members of the congregation came to my studio and painted prayers and words that were personal to them and the church.
Members of the congregation came to my studio and painted prayers, designs and words that were personal to them and the church.
I abstracted images of the congregation from party photos.
Children from the congregation painted on the glass as well as adults.
St Paul's congregation.
Members of St Paul's congregation in my studio painting prayers and designs on the glass for their window.
Ben, a member of St Paul's congregation in my studio holding up glass on which he had painted designs on the glass for the St Paul's window.
Rev'd Ben Goodyear holding one of the panels the day the window was installed in 2013.
The window was unveiled by The Mayor of Lambeth and dedicated by the Archdeacon of Lambeth. 2013