Easter Sunday window

Bellshill Central Church is fortunate to have many beautiful stained glass windows.
The four central windows were gifted by Matthew Corbett, in memory of his son Sergeant James Brownlie Corbett of the Royal Air Force, who was shot down and killed over Holland on 26 May 1943. These windows were designed by the Abbey Studio and dedicated on 7 October 1962.

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The pictures displayed in the windows help you focus on the stories which lie behind and which, in fact, tell the whole story of the Bible. You are welcome to visit the Church, look at the windows and then read in one of the Pew Bibles the whole story depicted in each window.


Easter Sunday

(second window on the west or right side of the Church as you enter from the main door)

Like all the central windows, this window was dedicated in memory of James Brownlie Corbett, a young man who was killed during the Second World War.

At the bottom of the left hand pane of the window the Boys Brigade logo can be seen. It seems likely, therefore, that James was an active member of the BB before his untimely death.  The BB Company of the former Macdonald Memorial Church was the 2nd Bellshill Company. Above that, a peacock can be seen with its resplendent plumage.

Apparently, ancient Greeks believed that the flesh of the peafowl did not decay after death and so it became a symbol of immortality. This symbolism was adopted by early Christianity and thus many early Christian paintings and mosaics show the peacock, particularly those relating to Easter.

 

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At the top of the right hand side of the window, there is a picture of a lamb, often used as a symbol of Christ.Below that the Church of Scotland logo of the Burning Bush and the words can be clearly seen Nec tamen consumebatur, translated as: ͚But it was not consumed. (Exodus 3; 2 – Pew Bible page 58)

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After the despair of Good Friday, this window shows the joy of Easter Sunday. Read about it in Matthew 28 (page 44 of the Pew Bible)
On the left side the soldiers can be seen lying on the ground beside the stone which had been at the mouth of the tomb. Above them Christ has arisen and can be seen with two angels at His side. ͚The guards were so afraid that they became like dead men.͛
On the right side, Mary Magdalene and ͚the other Mary͛ can be seen carrying spices to the tomb, being met by an angel. ͚The angel spoke to the women. ͞You must not be afraid; I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He has been raised just as He said.͟ The women left the tomb filled with joy and ran to tell his disciples.͛

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The Law and Temple Window

Bellshill Central Parish Church is extremely fortunate to have many beautiful stained glass windows.

The corner windows were gifted in memory of the Blackie Family, benefactors of the Church for many years and were dedicated on 14 October 1973. These were designed by the renowned Gordon Webster with the leadwork being undertaken by Neil Hutchison.

The pictures displayed in the windows help you focus on the stories which lie behind and which, in fact, tell the whole story of the Bible. You are welcome to visit the Church, look at the windows and then read in one of the Pew Bibles the whole story depicted in each window.


The Giving of the Law/The Building of the Temple

This window is the first window on the West Side of the Church as you enter from the Main Vestibule.

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This window is split vertically into two separate storiesOn the left, Moses can be seen carrying The Ten Commandments with, perhaps, Aaron and Joshua beside him.  In the background, Mount Sinai is dazzling with the Lord’s presence.  According to a section at the back of the Pew Bible, this happened between 1700 BC and 1250 BC.  Moses had led the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt and, at Mount Sinai; God gave Moses the Law and made a covenant with the people – an agreement of special relationship between the Israelites and God.

  1. Worship no god but me.
  2. Do not make for yourselves images of anything in heaven or on earth or in the water under the earth.
  3. Do not use my name for evil purposes
  4. Observe the Sabbath and keep it holy.
  5. Respect your father and your mother
  6. Do not commit murder.
  7. Do not commit adultery.
  8. Do not steal.
  9. Do not accuse anyone falsely.
  10. Do not desire another man’s house; do not desire his wife, his slaves, his cattle, his donkeys, or anything else that he owns.

The whole story can be read in the Book of Exodus, starting at page 56 of the Pew Bible.

img_20181118_23033568808158643922605.jpgThe right hand side of the window tells about ‘The Building of the Temple’ and King Solomon can be seen with the plans in his hand and one of the workers with a piece of wood in his hand.  To put a date on this event; Solomon ruled between 970 BC and 931 BC and in 1 Kings 6 (page 336 of the Pew Bible), it states that Solomon began building the Temple 480 years after the people of Israel left Egypt and it took 7 years to build.

The story can be found in The First Book of Kings and the First and Second Books of Chronicles, starting at page 329 of the Pew Bible.  King David had wanted to build a temple as a permanent home for the Covenant Box which held the Ten Commandments but God would not allow it because David had spilled too much blood as a soldier.  However, David had drawn up the plans for the whole building, down to the last detail, all as instructed by God and he passed all this on to his son Solomon.  David had also bought the land and organised a lot of the materials.

It can be can read that David gave 100 tonnes of gold and 240 tonnes of silver for decorating the walls.  Other leaders and officials gave 170 tonnes of gold, 340 tonnes of silver, 620 tonnes of bronze, 3400 tonnes of iron.  There were also precious stones donated.  When Solomon started the building, he had 70,000 men transporting materials and 80,000 quarrying stone with 3,600 acting as supervisors.  The wood came from Lebanon; cedar, cypress and juniper.  It was tied into rafts and floated by sea to Joppa and then taken to Jerusalem and Mount Moriah.  There is also a lot of description of the inside of the building.  With all the gold and silver, it must have been really grand but, in 2 Chronicles 2, Solomon says:

‘I intend to build a great temple, because our God is greater than any other god.  Yet no one can really build a temple for God, because even all the vastness of heaven cannot contain him.  How then can I build a temple that would be anything more than a place to burn incense to God?’

When all the work was done, Solomon arranged for the Covenant Box, containing the tablets that Moses had received from God on Mount Sinai, to be brought to the Temple.

 

The Creation Window

Bellshill Central Parish Church is extremely fortunate to have many beautiful stained glass windows.

The four corner windows were gifted in memory of the Blackie Family, benefactors of the Church for many years and were dedicated on 14 October 1973. These were designed by the renowned Gordon Webster with the leadwork being undertaken by Neil Hutchison.

(first window on the east or left as you enter from the main door)

This window is split into six panes and tells about the Creation as described in Genesis (pages 3 and 4 of the Pew Bible):

 

Then God commanded, “Let there be Light.” And he named the light ‘Day’ and the darkness ‘Night.’ That was the first day.
Then God commanded, “Let there be a dome to divide the water.” He named the dome ‘Sky.’ That was the second day.

 

Then God commanded, “Let the water below the sky come together in one place so that the land will appear.” He named the land ‘Earth’ and the water ‘Sea.’ Then he commanded, “Let the earth produce all kinds of plants.” That was the third day.
Then God commanded, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate day from night.” So God made the sun and the moon and the stars. That was the fourth day.

 

Then God commanded, “Let the water be filled with many kinds of living beings and the air be filled with birds.” That was the fifth day.
Then God commanded, “Let the earth produce all kinds of animal life.” Then God said, “And now we will make human beings; they will be like us and resemble us.” God looked at everything he had made and he was very pleased. That was the sixth day.

 

Second World War Memorial

Located in the Church Vestibule are three plaques – two commemorating the Great War (WW1) 1914-1919 and one commemorating the Second World War (WW2) 1939-1945.

Dedicated to the Glory of God and in loving memory of this from this church who gave their lives in the Second World War.

It contains the names of seven men who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving for their King and country during 1939-1945

The inscription bears the phrase Greater love Hath no man. From John 15:13

Thomas Watson, 483 Squadron RAAF, is the last name of the memorial.

Details about Thomas are also found on the war memorial Scotland website here

Here are three pictures of Thomas, his log book, and the plane he flew in.