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New stained glass windows at St Paul's Church, Mill Hill, will 'reflect congregation's modern identity'
A £39,000 project to install new stained glass windows at a Mill Hill church will reflect the congregation’s modern identity, according to organisers.
Ministers at St Paul’s Church, in the Ridgeway, commissioned designs to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and recognise slave trade reformer William Wilberforce, who built the church in 1833.
John Reyntiens, best known for designing a Jubilee window due to be installed in Westminster Hall in the Houses of Parliament, has started work on the colourful installations.
A total of £31,000 has already been raised through donations and fundraising events held over the past year.
Kim Thompson, co-ordinating the project, said: “Earlier this year we re-ordered and re-serviced the church and some of the windows needed repairing.
“A member of the congregation actually suggested that rather repair them why don’t we just replace new windows of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year.”
The windows will be engraved with the names of people connected to the church, as well as local schools and businesses who donated towards the cost.
Mrs Thompson: “The windows are being made at the moment and are with the engraver now. We expect they will be installed by the end of November.
“There is a lot of support amongst the congregation and the windows really are a commemoration of the community.”
Although St Pauls is a traditional church, Mrs Thompson says the windows will be contemporary to reflect its mission of serving a modern community.
She added: “We wanted the church to reflect that we’re living in 2012.”