Stained Glass Windows
Timothy Eaton Memorial Church is renowned for its 35 beautiful stained glass windows. From whatever angle you peruse the sanctuary of Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, you will gaze upon some of the most magnificent stained glass windows. Every window has its own unique story to tell by illustration the scriptures and the essentials of the faith. However, their importance conveys an even greater truth, namely, the reason for the sanctuary itself.
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross observed: “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” The true light of which she speaks is the light of God’s spirit. This Spirit is present in the lives of the faithful who have gathered to worship in our church for more than one hundred years. Emerging from that very Spirit are the ministries of encouragement, service, teaching, caring and praise.
It is for this reason that our congregation is indebted to the Sanctuary Guild, founded in 1938 by Lady Flora McCrae Eaton, for drawing our attention to these gorgeous windows of faith. In so doing, they encourage all of us to rededicated ourselves to the failth. I hope that in looking at these magnificent windows you will be enriched by their beauty, message and deep meaning. May the Spirit of God shine through them to you. - Senior Minister, The Rev. Dr. Andrew Stirling
For many years, the Sanctuary Guild of Timothy Eaton Memorial Church has been active in the care and maintenance of the stained glass windows of the church. We hope to acquaint members of the church and the community with the wonderful heritage provided to the congregation by the artisans who created these works of art.
The idea of having the windows tell a story rather than just being decoration was conceived by Dr. Trevor Davies, Minister of Timothy Eaton Memorial Church from 1923 to 1936. He stated, "They are another way of proclaiming Christ. His life and his teachings are symbolized for all time through these windows."
Throughout the years, many of our members have dedicated windows in memory of their loved ones and in so doing have passed on a precious legacy for the congregation to admire and revere. The windows tell the story of the life of Christ from his birth to his death and resurrection. They begin on the east balcony, make their way down the stairs in the narthex, through the west chapel and up the stairs to the west balcony. The newest set of windows is found in the atrium. This is a journey that is most rewarding. To see the beautiful colours and all the symbolism that is worked into many of the windows is most inspiring. We are hopeful that all will avail themselves of this great opportunity. - Archivist, Janet Mason
The Light of the World, The Stained Glass Windows of Timothy Eaton Memorial Church Book can be purchased at the Volunteer/Front Office.
LIGHT OF THE WORLD
BEHOLD, I STAND AT THE DOOR AND KNOCK. IF ANY MAN HEAR MY VOICE AND OPEN THE DOOR, I WILL COME IN TO HIM, AND SUP WITH HIM, AND HE WITH ME. – REVELATION 3:20
In memory of Timothy Eaton, 1834 - 1907
The Light of the World stained glass window situated above the altar is based on a painting by William Holman Hunt (1827 – 1910). He was a well-known Pre-Raphaelite artist. This painting is one of the most celebrated and influential religious pictures ever painted. The original hangs in Keble College, Oxford, England, and a coy by the artist is in St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, England. Read more.
“GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHTEST AND ON EARTH PEACE, GOOD WILL TOWRARD MEN.” – LUKE 2:14
Erected to the Glory of God and in Sacred Memory of Colonel Harry McGee by Mrs. Harry McGee
An attempt has been made to present the entire story of the Nativity and not just a single incident from it. The upper part of the window depicts the angel of the Lord and the heavenly host as they appeared to the shepherds in the fields. The Adoration of the Magi (the three wise men) is the theme running through the lower part of the window. Read more.
A LIGHT TO LIGHTEN THE GENTILES, AND THE GLORY OF THY PEOPLE ISRAEL. – LUKE 2:32
Erected to the Glory of God and in Sacred Memory of Isobel McGee Porter, 1898 – 1932
In the centre light is shown Simeon with the infant Jesus in his arms. It is the supreme moment of his life, the reward of faith and the fulfillment of God’s promise to him. Read more.
THE BOY JESUS
THE CHILD GREW, AND WAXED STRONG IN SPIRIT. – LUKE 2:40
Gift of the Trident Club, 1961 – 62
Jesus is dressed in a ruby-red tunic. A halo above denotes His holiness. Behind Him are the tools of a carpenter and around His feet are wood shavings, signifying His profession. In His hand, He carries wooden sticks in the shape of a cross, which ominously bodes of His crucifixion.
THEN SAITH JESUS UNTO HIM, GET THEE HENCE, SATAN. – MATTHEW 4:10
To the Gory of God and in Loving Memory of W.O. Forsyth and his Wife Sara McGee.
Gift of their Daughter Marjorie and her Husband Fred H. Barlow, 1960
At the top of the window is a six-winged seraph. This denotes the triple invocation of holiness, calling attention to God’s glory and majesty. Christ is seen with an angel in the background. His hand is held high, denouncing Satan, who has thrice tried to tempt Him. Christ declares, “Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God”. Satan is portrayed as a winged demon with his face shrouded by a cape as he relents and leaves whence he came.
CHRIST AMONG THE DOCTORS
WIST YE NOT THAT I MUST BE AOUCT MY FATHER’S BUSINESS? – LUKE 2:49
To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of Roscoe Reid Graham M.B., 1890 – 1948
Gift of his Wife and Family, 1960
Six windows, three on the east wall and three on the west wall, have the same theme. They show the gates of Heaven guarded by two angels. The first window is titled Christ Among the Doctors. The young Christ is speaking to learned scribes and rabbis. He is also quoting from the Torah. At the top of the window is an angel holding a scroll with the letters IHS, which in Greek mean “Jesus”. A lantern with a lit wick signifies the Light that comes from above.
CHRIST BLESSING THE CHILDREN
AND HE TOOK THEM UP IN HIS ARMS, PUT HIS HANDS UPON THEM, AND BLESSED THEM. – MARK 10:16
To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of Robert John Fleming, 1854 – 1925,
Honoured Church Trustee, and his Beloved Wife, Lydia Jane Orford, 1862 – 1937
Gift of their Family, 1960
The angel at the top holds a shield with XP on it, signifying “Christ” and “Jesus” in Greek. Christ, dressed in ruby red, holds a child in His arms and blesses the other children around Him. Above are red roses, a symbol of the Virgin Mary, and lilies, a symbol of the Trinity. In the background is the city of Jerusalem.
THIS IS MY BELOVED SON, IN WHOM I AM WELL PLEASED. – MATTHEW 3:17
To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of John Hector Marshall, 1897 – 1957
Gift of his Wife Mabel Taylor Marshall
An angel at the top holds a baptismal font. St. John the Baptist is baptizing Jesus with water. Above Christ’s head is a shaft of bright light coming from God. There is a shell, a symbol of baptism, and a dove, a symbol of peace. Followers of John and Jesus are looking on.
East Wall, left to right, #6 Christ Among the Doctors, #7 Christ Blessing the Children, #8 The Baptism
CHRIST THE TEACHER
THE WORD HAS MADE FLESH, AND DWELT AMONG US. – JOHN 1:14
ALL WONDERED AT THE GRACIOUS WORDS WHICH PROCEEDED OUT OF HIS MOUTH. – LUKE 4:22
BUT A CERTAIN SAMARITAN CAME WHERE HE WAS AND HAD COMPASSION OF HIM. – LUKE 10:33
Erected to the Glory of God and in Memory of Sir John Craig Eaton, 1876 – 1922
By this Congregation, 1929
The main subject of this window is he Sermon on the Mount. Christ is shown seated and in the customary ruby-red drapery. The people surrounding him are of different ages and suggest various emotions being stirred by His words. The story of the good Samaritan is shown underneath. The association of these two subjects suggests the incident in the Gospel of Mark when Jesus tells those gathered that they should love the Lord their God and that they should love their neighbours as themselves.
CHRIST THE HEALER
IN HIM WAS LIFE; AND THE LIFE WAS THE LIGHT OF MEN. JOHN 1:4
INASMUCH AS YE HAVE DONE IT UNTO ONE OF THE LEAST OF THESE BY BRETHREN, YE HAVE DONE IT UNTO ME. - MATTHEW 25:40
SUFFER THE LITTLE CHILDREN TO COME UNTO ME, AND FORBID THEM NOT: FOR OF SUCH IS THE KINGDOM OF GOD. – MARK 10:14
Erected to the Glory of God and in Memory of Sir John Craig Eaton, 1876 – 1922
By Lady Eaton and Family
Christ is shown as the central figure, in ruby red. A group of figures surrounds Him. These include the sick and the blind. This represents Christ’s tender mercy toward humankind. One of the disciples behind Christ is holding a basket of food, which suggests the feeding of the hungry. A mother is bringing forward he blind daughter for healing. Below the scene is Christ seated with a child in His arms and blessing the other children around Him.
South Wall, left to right, #9 Christ the Teacher, #10 Christ the Healer
THE CALL OF DICIPLESHIP
IF YE CONTINUE IN MY WORD, THEN ARE YE MY DISCIPLES. – JOHN 8:31
To the Glory of God in Loving Memory of Thomas W. Miller, 868 – 1921
The first Recording Steward of this Church, and his Wife, Mary L. Boynton, 1871 – 1946
Gift of their Daughters, Mrs. Norman W. Fowler and Elva Miller
At the top, an angel holds the Book of Life. In the background are the fishing boats of the disciples. Jesus, in red, is calling them to service. Above is a Celtic cross and an anchor, which represents steadfastness.
GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS, THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS. – JOHN 15:31
In Honour of the Men and Women of this Church Who Served in the Two World Wars.
Donated by Mr. B. H. Rieger
The angel is holding a crest upon which is a hammer and tongs. Christ is nailed to the Cross and wears a crown of thorns. Behind him stands a roman soldier. Mary, Christ’s mother, stands before Him with the young John. Mary Magdalene is kneeling before Him. Above is a water jar and a sponge and the sword that pierced His side.
THE SUPPER AT EMMAUS
HE WAS KNOWN OF THEM IN BREAKING OF BREAD. – LUKE 24:35
To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of Robert Macaulay, 1857 – 1942
And His Beloved Wife Agnes Giroux Macaulay, 1866 – 1956
Erected 1959 by Their Family
An angel above is holding a crown, a sign of the Resurrection. The letters alpha and omega are located above Jesus. A lamp burns brightly, signifying the Light of the World. In the foreground are a pitcher of wine and a bowl of fruit. The table is set as if for Communion. His followers had not known it was Jesus until they broke bread together.
West Wall, left to right, #11 The Call to Discipleship, #12 The Crucifixion, #13 The Supper at Emmaus
AND HIS FACE DID SHINE AS THE SUN, AND HIS RAIMENT WAS WHITE AS THE LIGHT. – MATTHEW 17:2
To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of Robert J. Dunseith and His Wife Kathleen Thorpe.
Erected by Their Son Cecil Thorpe Dunseith, 1960
A six-winged seraph is seen at the top of the window. Below Christ appears in a white robe, white as the light. He seems to change before the disciples and His face shines bright as the sun. He has risen above them, indicating Hs holiness. Moses and Elijah appear to Peter. John and James as they sit in fear.
CHRIST IN GETHSEMANE
‘NOT AS I WILL, BUT AS THOU WILT.” – MATTHEW 26:39
Gift of the Woman’s Association, 1961
Christ is shown in a prayerful position, looking up to Heaven. A bright ray shines down upon Him, which represents the presence of God. In the background are His disciples Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, fast asleep as they await their master’s return.
THE PROMISE OF THE COMFORTER
“I WILL NOT LEAVE YOU COMFORTLESS.” – JOHN 14:18
The Gift of the Women’s Association, 1961
Jesus is clad in a ruby-red cloak and His arms are outstretched in a supplicating and comforting manner. He is standing in a garden with red roses, a symbol of messianic hoe and of the Virgin Mary. He tells His disciples that He will not leave them without comfort and promises that He will come to them.
TE DEUM: THE HOLY CHURCH
THE HOLY CHURCH THROUGHOUT ALL THE WORLD DOTH ACKNOWLEDGE THEE. THE NOBLE ARMY OF MARTYRS PRAISE THEE. THE GOODLY FELLOWSHIP OF THE PROPHETS PRAISE THEE.
To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William J. Bickle, His Wife, Martha Caswell Bickle
The Te Deum is also known as the Ambrosian Hymn or “a Song of the Church”. The first panel illustrates priests or leaders from different sects within the church. The second panel shows several martyrs, with possibly Joan of Arc kneeling in prayer in the foreground. The third panel features Moses with the tablet of the Ten Commandments. Ezra the scribe, dressed in green, and Thomas Cranmer. Archbishop of Canterbury, who was the main writer of the Book of Common Prayer. The fourth panel shows King David playing the harp. Patrick carries the cross of St. George.
TE DEUM: THE APOSTLES
THE GLORIOUS COMPANY OF THE APOSTLES PRAISE THEE. TO THEE ALL ANGELS CRY ALOUD.
And of Harry Ryrie and His Wife Christine Ryrie
Erected by Their Children Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Bickle, 1956
The Te Deum is also known as the Ambrosian Hymn or “a Song of the Church”. The fifth panel illustrates Peter holding the sword of justice and the Word of the Lord. The sixth panel features the apostles holding the keys to the Kingdom and a chalice from which a small dragon-like creature is drinking. The seventh panel highlights Saint Gabriel with a chalice and a fleur-de-lis, symbol of the Trinity, on his stole. The eighth panel features Saint Michael with the scales of justice and the cross of St. George on his shield.
THE GREAT COMMANDEMENT
In Loving Memory of Alexander Patterson, 1854 – 1919
And His Beloved Wife Charlotte Elizabeth Hazelhurst, 1854 – 1905
Given by Their Granddaughter Florence Patterson and Her Husband Wilfred Robinson and their Family
In Loving Memory of Robert William Boyle, 1855 – 1907
And His Wife Charlotte Elizabeth Patterson, 1859 – 1906
Given by their Daughter Florence P. Robinson and Her Husband Wilfred A. Robinson and Their Family
Jesus is seated on a high mountain with Peter, James and John and a few of His other followers. He is holding a prayer shawl and is telling His followers that they should love the Lord their God with all their heart, soul and mind. They should also love their neighbour as themselves.
CHRIST’S JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM
BLESSED IS HE THAT COMETH IN THE NAME OF THE LORD. – PSALM 118:26
To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William and Jane Wellford, 1856 – 1923, 1861 – 1953
The Gift of Their Daughters Ada Colville and Lorena Wellwood, 1961
Christ is seen astride a donkey, and a woman in the foreground is seen spreading garments in His way. My have also spread branches before Hm. The people cry out, saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David”.
THE GOOD SHEPHERD
“FEAR NOT: FOR, BEHOLD, I BRING YOU GOOD TIDINGS.” – LUKE 2:10
“HE LEADETH ME BESIDE THE STILL WATERS.” – PSALM 23:2
In Loving Memory of Edward Y. Eaton, 1863 – 1900
The left side of the window shows an angel giving a shepherd the god news that in the city of David a saviour has been born, Christ the Lord. The centre panel shows Christ, the good shepherd, holding a lamb. The right panel features a young shepherd leading a lamb beside still waters.
COME UNTO ME
THE RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL SON.
“THOU SON OF DAVID, HAVE MERCY ON US.” – LUKE 18:38
In Memory of Robert W. Eaton, 1864 – 1930
The left panel presents a father forgiving his youngest son for sinning against Heaven. The middle panel shows Christ in a supplicating manner. The right panel displays Bartimaeus, the blind son of Timaeus, begging Christ to have mercy on him.
THE AUTHORITY OF CHRIST
‘I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE.” – JOHN 14:6
To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of John Thomas Aggett and Harriett Ann Smedley
The Gift of Their Son Harold Aggett, 1961
This window shows Jesus in a very authoritative pose with hands held aloft. He expounds to His servant Thomas, who has many doubts, assuring him that no man comes unto the Father but by Him.
GO QUICKLY, AND TELL HIS DISCIPLES THAT HE HAS RISEN FROM THE DEAD. – MATTHEW 28:7
To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of Robert Crawford Vaughan
Dedicated by the Family
In the centre light, our Lord is shown as a visionary figure holding the resurrection symbol, superimposed on a faint shadow of the Cross with emanations of glory of divine significance. Above him tow angels bear the crown celestial.
The two women on the left (one of them the Magdalene, bearing precious ointment) are introduced to represent the last act of love and service that womankind paid to our Lord on earth. The two men on the right, Peter and the other disciple whom Jesus loved, symbolize the act of worship and rejoicing.
The flight of birds unites earth and Heaven in a triumphant hymn of praise, signifying the spirit of Easter. Above the birds, a choir of angels sings praise against a celestial sky studded with stars.
AND IT CAME TO PASS, HE WAS CARRIED UP INTO HEAVEN. – LUKE 4:51
To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of Flora McCrea Eaton, 1879 – 1970
The lower part of the window shows the disciples in the act of worshipping Jesus. The upper part of the window carries the celestial theme of Heaven with expectant angels in the acts of adoration and welcome.
A swirl of cherubs separates Heaven from earth against a firmament sprinkled with stars. They join in the anthem of praise and rejoicing.
In the tracery is shown the Agnus Dei, the Lamb of God, add the pelican, symbol of piety and sacrifice.
West Wall, clockwise starting from top left, #24 The Ressurection, #25 The Ascension, #15 Christ in Gethsemane, #16 The Promise of the Comforter
PETER AND PAUL
To the Glory of God and in Honour of Their Mother, Janet Medland Frosst
Lovingly Presented by Her Children
The left panel shows Peter holding a scroll and a set of keys. They represent the keys of the Kingdom. Peter was also known as Simon. It is recorded that he was the first to urge the full acceptance of Gentiles on faith alone.
In the right panel, Paul is holding a scroll and a sword. The sword signifies that Spirit that is the Word of God. Paul was a Roman citizen who transformed into Christ’s apostle. He was a renowned speaker and travelled extensively, extolling the Word of God.
MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE AND JOHN
To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of Their Parents Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Bickle and Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Wilder
Erected by Their Children Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Wilder
The panel featuring Matthew shows him holding a book. He was a tax collector who become a followers of Jesus. He is credited with compiling the oracles in Hebrew.
The next panel show Mark with a book and quill. He was from Jerusalem, and of all the written gospels, his is the shortest and simplest. He was a follower of Peter and Paul.
Luke is holding a caduceus, the symbol of the medical profession, and he also holds his gospel. Luke was a physician and his writings have been thoroughly and intensively researched. He was a great friend of Paul.
John holds his gospel and a chalice, which represents the drinking cup of Jesus. John was the youngest son of Zebedee and brother to James. He was also a cousin of Jesus. He was known as a high-spirited Galilean.
FAITH, HOPE, LOVE AND COMPASSION
To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of Gordon and Kathryn Kernohan, and Arthur and Jean Scace
A Gift from Their Children and Grandchildren
The first panel represents Faith. Christ is holding a small baby and offering great compassion to a young child. The second panel, representing Hope, shows the disciples in their fishing boat as a storm begins to rage. They are sorely afraid, but Jesus assures them that all will be well. In the foreground is an anchor, a symbol of Jesus and hope for the soul. The third panel, representing Love, shows the good Samaritan stopping to assist a man in distress. He offers him a drink. In the background a man walks away from the scene. The fourth panel, representing Compassion, shows a female figure offering sustenance to a frail young boy at the side of the road. Her basket is filled with bread, which signifies the bread of life.