I will extol you, my God and King,
and bless your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless you,
and praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;
his greatness is unsearchable.
The stained-glass windows in the White Church are generally acknowledged to be fine examples of the craft but are also admired for their subject matter. They illustrate key moments in the unfolding of the Jewish and Christian testaments and the history of the Church from before and after the Reformation.
The best way to view them is as three chapters in a book. The first deals with the scriptural story. In them Moses and David can be seen as can the story of Jesus from his birth to his resurrection. Calvary, the morning of Easter, the Ascension and the day of Pentecost receive large-scale treatments.
In the second chapter events on the way to the Reformation can be seen including the trial of Wycliffe, Luther at the Diet of Worms and bishops Latimer and Ridley on the way to martyrdom. As the Church is of the Reformed Tradition the great characters and times of the separatists, puritans and dissenters feature prominently, among them Henry Barrowe and John Robinson, and the most the famous of all supporters of Puritanism, Oliver Cromwell.
Nonconformist hymn writers are represented in the third chapter by Isaac Watts. The giants of the modern missionary movement such as William Carey and David Livingstone may also be seen. The windows repay close attention as the details are chiefly revealed to those who will stand and stare. Great care has been used to ensure faithful representation of costumes and, equally, in the symbols used to convey historical information.
The windows are the work of Abbott and Company of Lancaster but they owe their origin to the artistic vision of Luke Slater Walmsley, one of the founders of the Church.
A 24 page illustrated booklet depicting and explaining each of the windows is available for £3.50 inclusive of postage. Please make your cheque payable to Fairhaven United Reformed Church and send to the following address:
Mrs M Norman
The White Church
22 a Clifton Drive
Lytham St Annes