All Saints Church, Shiptonthorpe (18 miles south-east of York) has a new stained glass window in its north wall, sponsored by the family of the late Muriel and Bernard Phillips.
Muriel was the Churchwarden for 35 years, and her husband Bernard was the church verger.
The family considered a number of designs for the window, suggested by the York Diocese Church Buildings Officer. They selected Ann Sotheran FMPG who is a local York glass designer, to design and install the window, and the PCC gained the necessary Faculty or permission from the Diocese. The final design has a background of the church and village hall, with a man in a market garden and a woman with a picnic table with a child in her arms. The tracery has blossom flanking a dove (representing the Holy Spirit). There is some wheat and lilies at the bottom of the window, representing the Eucharist and the Annunciation. The message is one of hospitality and community.
Ann Sotheran visited the church on a number of occasions to measure the original plain window which was to be replaced, and she carried out the installation work during October 2018, whilst Shiptonthorpe Church was undergoing a major restoration programme.
On 4 November, at the church's re-opening, the Archdeacon of York dedicated the window, describing it as “stunning, showing brilliantly the rural community in which the church is set”.