Church repairing stained glass

Published 9:46 pm Thursday, March 13, 2014

The lights will be shining brighter inside the sanctuary of Bethlehem Christian Church when the church is done having its stained-glass windows repaired.

Men from Bethlehem Christian Church show off a stained-glass window in the sanctuary that will soon be repaired. From left are Buck Buchanan, who is on the property and grounds committee; Pastor Matt Winters; and Charles Johnson, a deacon who is also on the property and grounds committee.

Men from Bethlehem Christian Church show off a stained-glass window in the sanctuary that will soon be repaired. From left are Buck Buchanan, who is on the property and grounds committee; Pastor Matt Winters; and Charles Johnson, a deacon who is also on the property and grounds committee.

The eight windows in the current sanctuary were installed about 20 years ago and depict scenes from Christ’s life — His birth, baptism, miracles, prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane and crucifixion among them. But they have begun to bow because of a lack of ventilation between the windows and the outside covers that protect them from dirt and other hazards.

“The fear is they’re going to crack and break,” Pastor Matt Winters said. “I think the problem is the heat on this side of the church.”

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The windows will be repaired, and a new covering that allows ventilation will be installed, Winters said.

“We are taking donations and pooling resources to fix them,” he said, adding donations from the community are welcome.

Winters said stained-glass windows are an important representation of how Christians should live.

“At nighttime, they’re all dark and you can’t really see them,” he said. “It’s only when the light shines through them that we see them. We should let the light shine through us so others can see the goodness of God.”

The church is located at 1549 Holland Road and can be contacted at 539-4274.