Saint James Anglican Church

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All Souls Chapel and Columbarium


- Reflections (Rev. Rod Gillis)

- Stained Glass Art (Ernie Clarke, Chair Columbarium Committee)

Alpha and Omega

Tree of Life



Lion and Lamb

Resurrection Morning

Madonna and Child

Ruth and Naomi

Light of the World

Saint James

- Other Furnishings 


Alpha and Omega

Alpha and Omega, the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, symbolize God as the beginning and the end of everything.

"I am the Alpha and the Omega, says the Lord God, who is, who was, and who is to come, the sovereign Lord of all." - Revelations 1:8

"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.  To the thirsty I will give water from the spring of life as a gift." - Revelations 21:6

[Alpha sponsored by: St. James ACW in loving memory of Anglican Church Women]

[Omega sponsored by: St. James Mothers' Union in loving memory of Mothers and Families]


Tree of Life

"The Lord God made trees grow up from the ground, every kind of tree pleasing to the eye and good for food; and in the middle of the garden he set the Tree of Life." - Genesis 2:9

"To those who are victorious I will give the right to eat from the Tree of Life that stands in the garden of God." - Revelation 2:7

"The angel showed me the river of the water of life, sparkling like crystal, flowing from the throne of God ... On the other side of the river stood the Tree of Life ... The leaves of the trees are for the healing of nations." - Revelation 22:1-2

"Happy are those who wash their robes clean!  They shall be free to eat from the Tree of Life and may enter the city by the gates." - Revelation 22:14

[Sponsored by: The Upton Family in loving memory of Bessie and William Pooley, and Arthur Pooley]



"God said, 'For all generations to come, this is a sign which I am giving of the covenant between myself and you and all living creatures with you: My (rain)bow I set in the clouds to be a sign of the covenant between myself and the earth.  When I bring clouds over the earth, the (rain)bow will appear in the clouds ... Whenever the (rain)bow appears in the cloud, I shall see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and living creatures of every kind on earth'.  So God said to Noah.  'This is the sign of the covenant which I have established with all that lives on earth.' " - Genesis 9:12-17

[Sponsored by: John Stovman in loving memory of Mildred (Milly) Stovman]



No sooner had Jesus been baptized and come up out of the water than the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove to alight on him.  And there came a voice from heaven saying, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I take delight." - Matthew 3:16-17

[Sponsored by: Geraldine (Gerry) Scott in loving memory of Joseph G. Scott]


Lion and Lamb

The Lion and Lamb symbolize the peaceful end times and God's promise of a peacable Kingdom on the holy mountain.

"Neither hurt nor harm will be done in all my holy mountain." - Isaiah 65:25

[Sponsored by: William (Bill) and Eva Gates]


Resurrection Morning

About daybreak on the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala and the other Mary came to look at the grave.  Suddenly there was a violent earthquake; an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and rolled away the stone, and sat down on it.  His face shone like lightning, his garments were white as snow.  The angel spoke to the women: "Have nothing to fear.  I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here.  He has been raised, as he said he would be." - Matthew 28:1-6

[Sponsored by: The Family of Wilfred and Edna Morgan in loving memory of Edna Laura Morgan and Wilfred Reeves Morgan]


Madonna and Child

After Jesus' birth, "astrologers from the east arrived in Jerusalem, asking 'Where is the newborn king?"  They were directed to the home of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem "and entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother and bowed low in homage to him." - Matthew 2:11

[Sponsored by: Andrew and Dawn (Daly) and Heidi and Kathryn Harvey in loving memory of James and Laura Daly and Sydney and Elizabeth Harvey]


Ruth and Naomi

After the death of her own husband, Ruth supported her widowed mother-in-law Naomi by gleaning in the fields at harvest time.  Later she accompanied her back to Naomi's hometown of Bethlehem.  There Ruth married again and had a son who became the grandfather of King David.

"Ruth gleaned in the field until sunset, and when she beat out what she had gathered it came to about a bushel of barley." - Ruth 2:17

[Sponsored by:

- Frank and Ruth (Sheidow) Huelin in loving memory of the Huelin and Sheidow Families

- Gordon and Jean (Verge) Bradley in loving memory of the Bradley and Verge Families

- Brenda (MacDonald) and Jennifer and Laura Gray in loving memory of Daniel and Lucy MacDonald

- Paul and Helen Murray]


Light of the World

Christ, the Light of the World, knocks at the door of the human heart.  This window is a stained glass version of the well known painting, 'The Light of the World', painted in 1853 by the Pre-Raphaelite British artist, William Holman Hunt.

Hunt himself explained the symbolism: "The closed door is the obstinately shut mind" he wrote, and the weeds overgrowing the door represent "the accumulated hindrances" that keep us from letting Christ into our lives.  "In making it a night scene, lit mainly by the lantern carried by Christ, I followed the explanation in Psalms - Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path - with also the allusion of St. Paul to the sleeping soul - The night is far spent, the day is at hand".

[Sponsored by: Beatrice MacDonald in loving memory of Edmund Luther MacDonald]


Saint James

Our parish saint, the Apostle St. James, was a brother of John and is thought to have been closely related to Christ.  He is reputed to have travelled widely, visiting Spain by sea many times, and he was the first to establish the Christian religion there.

St. James appears with a pilgrim's staff with a traveller's bundle attached, and with a scallop shell nearby, all symbols of his many pilgrimages.

[Sponsored by: Beatrice MacDonald in loving memory of Edmund Luther MacDonald]


Other Furnishings

In addition to stained glass windows, parishioners have recently very generously placed other furnishings in All Souls Chapel and Columbarium.  They are:

Memorial Book

Betty Rice in memory of all the Choirs, their Directors and Organists who served in All Souls Chapel

Oak Table and Two Oak Chairs

Ken Conrod

Display Case

Marjorie Jarvis in loving memory of George Frederick Jarvis 


Myrtle Engram in loving memory of Clary Engram

Desk Lamp

Positioned over Memorial Book - the Bradley Family

Oak Doors

H. Doris Webber in loving memory of the Webber Family