Emmanuel’s Stained Glass Windows
Emmanuel Episcopal Church held its first service in a small real estate office on North Mills Street in 1953. Our current property, 1603 E. Winter Park Road, was donated by developers of Audubon Park in 1955. In 1956, a multipurpose building was built and is currently in use as our Parish Hall. The building of the main church (The Nave) began in 1963 and the first service held was Easter Sunday 1964. Uniquely, this building houses a basement, where we hold Sunday School classes, vesting rooms, and a Bridal room. Our Jewel in the Crown, so to speak, the Stained Glass Windows were installed from 1967 through 1974, all given as memorials by Parishioners and I would like to share that story with you here.
Our first stained glass windows were placed here in the Narthex (or main entryway) in 1967, a gift from Percy Hubbard. We do not know where these windows were crafted, but they are of a totally different style from those in the Nave. Powerfully simple, the window on the left of the entry doors invites, “Enter thou into the house of the Lord,” while the window on the right states, “Peace I give to you.” Perfect for the entry and exit of a church.