This summer the Church of England Digital Team came up with the wonderful idea of getting churches to share photos of their stained glass windows online using the hashtag #StainedGlassSummer.
I loved seeing all the images shared and joined in sharing a painting inspired by the baptistery window at Coventry Cathedral which I visited at the start of August.
I was asked by a number of people in churches around the country of I could paint my impression of their stained glass windows. How could I say no to such wonderful requests.
Through August I created a series of paintings, both representative and abstract, of my visually impaired impressions of Stained Glass Windows. I wonder if you can identify which churches these belong to.
Rachel was on tour with Berkshire Youth Symphony Orchestra at the end of August, playing in churches in Edinburgh, Paisley and Beverley. I painted my impression of windows at these locations as a way of celebrating the wonderful concerts.
I also created 3 paintings of my own designs which I could imagine as Stained Glass Windows.
Here are some more Stained Glass Windows with prayers
God of the world
Bless all the living creatures
Open our eyes to their needs
Remind us that we are one species amongst many
Lead us as caretakers
God of love
Open our hearts fully
Remind us that love is eternal, freely given and unlimited
Help us love our neighbours as well as strangers
Warming the hearts of all we meet
God of creativity
Alight in each of us your fire of imagination
Release our fears and encourage us to share openly
Knowing that you will connect our outpouring with those who need it
God of acceptance
Remind us to live one day at a time, without fear or judgement of ourselves or others
Help us look for your light in every moment and offer that to those we meet
You can see all my Stained Glass inspired paintings in my Photo Album