Historic Markerville Church Dove 2007

Each foyer window that the 3 of us constructed for Markerville’s Historic Church contained bevels, on one window Laurie Chilibeck etched a Dove.

Designed by: Bob & Flory Wilkins & Laurie Chilibeck

When Laurie Chilibeck of Sylvan Lake heard about the devastation from the 2006 hail storm in Markerville, she knew there was only one way to help that community. Through her talent and vision, she took the broken pieces of antique stained glass from the Church and together with her fellow stained glass artists, Bob & Flory Wilkins of Innisfail, put them back together in a statement of their survival. After many hours of cutting and assembly, two stained glass window inserts were created for the foyer of the Markerville Church. These beautiful creations will be dedicated during the 100th anniversary of the Church on June 16, 2007.

One window has red glass in the beveled cross, signifying the blood of Christ, a reminder of the suffering and sacrifice of the Son of Man. This window also has etched Praying Hands in the large bevel representing our prayers to God.

The other window has purple glass in the beveled cross, symbolizing Royality; God the Father, Emblematic of suffering and endurance. Christ was believed to have worn purple garments before his crucifixion. This window has an etched descending Dove representing the Holy Spirit and Peace and our Blessings from God.

The original church stained glass windows were comprised of the colors of blue, amber and green. We divided the pieces equally between the new windows and by assembling the broken shapes, created these two designs for the 100th anniversary of Markerville’s Historic Church.

We would like to extend a big thank you to Robert Bryce our master wood worker friend from Innisfail, who installed these windows for us.

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