Memorial Windows

Audiovisual education has received much attention in modern times. It has always done so as far as Church architecture is concerned. It is for this reason that stained glass has been used through the centuries in the windows of chapels and cathedrals. It was soon realised by monks and scholars that stained-glass windows could provide an excellent medium for teaching the truths of the Bible to illiterate folk, especially children. 

From the beginnings of ecclesiastical architecture the basic idea was that the entire structure of a church should teach. The building was in a cruciform shape. Its tower stood four-square as a reminder that 'God is from everlasting even unto everlasting'. And its spire, pointing heavenwards, was intended to lead people's thoughts to the things of the Spirit. 

There was a plan in the positioning of stained-glass windows. Those on the north side of the building depicted stories or events that pointed towards the coming of Christ - that is from the Old Testament. Those on the south side pictured incidents from the New Testament. They were Acts of the Apostles, both ancient and modern, or consequences of the coming of Christ pointing back to Him. The sanctuary housed pictures of the birth, life, death and resurrection of our Lord. These rose above the altar where, in the celebration of Holy Communion, the people were reminded of the costly sacrifice of Christ. 

Over the west door was a window, usually depicting Christ sitting in judgment. This reminded the faithful, as they turned back after receiving Communion, of the danger of falling back into the state of sin which estranges one from God. The windows in the Kingswood Chapel attempt to follow this pattern - with the exception of the west window. 

As with the windows in ancient churches and cathedrals, there is a story behind each of the stained-glass windows in the Kingswood Chapel. They are described in the order in which they were presented.

Information from "Still Upon A Frontier"  A History of Kingswood College 1892-1993 by Howard and Joyce Kirkby.

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