The original "mail order" 1865 church building had plain glass windows. Stained-glass was added over the years, with the last plain window replaced in the 1980s.
A Stained-Glass Window Fund was established at Trinity Rocky Hill in 2020, with the goal of refurbishing and protecting the building's precious stained-glass windows. Donors gave generously not only for individual windows but for the accompanying carpentry repairs, protection, and plaques acknowledging donors. Epiphany Studios of Middletown, Virginia, was chosen to perform the work during the Covid-19 pandemic when we were unable to have services in the church sanctuary. Several windows were removed and taken to Epiphany Studios for complete restoration; others were cleaned and refurbished onsite. All the windows were joyously re-dedicated in November 2021. Windows are listed from the left when entering the church main sanctuary doors, in clockwise direction. Plaques near the windows show the original donor(s) and date, followed by the 2021 restoration donor(s).
The stained glass windows at Trinity Church Rocky Hill are beautiful tributes to our faith and our fellow parishioners. For a small church, built by the hands of our forefathers and foremothers, these windows were (and still are) a source of pride for the "little church with a big heart".
St. Paul's Window In this window dated June 7, 1903, St. Paul the Apostle is shown delivering a sermon. The inscription reads: "Bear Ye One Another's Burdens and So Fulfill the Law of Christ" Galatians 6:2. A brass plaque below the window lists the donors, members of the St. Paul's Society of Princeton University. Many served as lay readers at Trinity Rocky Hill; some returned as priests after their ordinations. Restoration gifted by Brenda Fallon 2021.
Dove, Cross and Crown Given in memory of George William Phillips by his widow, Jane Elizabeth Phillips, in 1899. The hand-painted dove represents the Holy Spirit, while the cross and crown refer to Christ the King. Restored courtesy of John Sturges 2021.
Loaves and Fishes Given by the Jane Elizabeth Phillips Estate in her memory, 1906. The inscription "She hath done what she could" refers to Matthew 14:8, where Jesus is anointed with perfume by a woman at Bethany. "She has done what she could to anoint My body in advance of My burial." The window depicts a woman and child holding a loaf of bread; their faces and extremities are hand-painted. Restored courtesy of Ham Potter 2021.
Marriage Given in the early 1920s in memory of Catherine Estelle McFarlane, who died July 20, 1921, by her family and people of the parish. The window shows Jesus heading to the Marriage in Cana; lighting the way is a wise virgin from the parable of the wise and foolish virgins. The figures were all hand-painted by artisans. Restored courtesy of Alfred and Kristina Pike Hadinger 2021.
Mary, Mother of Jesus Given by Larry and Michael DeCicco in memory of their mothers, Victoria Revolinsky DeCicco and Mary Rogan Lyons, at the time of their marriage October 7, 1990. The window is from the Ann Willett Studio. Three lilies above Mary's head represent the Holy Trinity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Restored in memory of Jaqueline Mary Olson by her son Robert 2021.
Tree of Life Window Given by Thomas C. Cook in the 1960s. This contemporary style window depicts three fish in the center, representing the Holy Trinity, above the Tree of Life. At the top, the four crosses around the diamond represent the crusaders taking the faith to the four corners of the earth. Restored in the memory of Frank W. Miller by Catherine L. Miller 2021.
Celtic Cross Given in memory of Reverend Robert N. Smyth, who was the first full-time vicar of Trinity Church Rocky Hill, and served in this capacity from 1946 -1970. The Celtic Cross originates in the Christian churches in England. The window was made by Ann Willett Studio and installed in 1989. Restored courtesy of The Flagg family in memory of Barbara and Jerry Flagg 2021.
Dove of Peace In hallway leading to the Parish Hall. Given in memory of John Rightmire in 1980 by relatives and friends, and designed by his widow, Sue Rightmire. The dove represents The Holy Spirit, and the olive branch shows the peace and love of God to mankind. From the Ann Willett Studio. Restored courtesy of Pete Rayner 2021.
Mary and Jesus Illumination This illuminated stained glass frame depicts Mary and her son Jesus. It is from the1960s. It was the gift of Mrs. Thomas G. Cook.
Paschal Lamb Given by Sunday School student donations at Easter 1892, with contributions from the congregation, this window bears the inscription: "Suffer Little Children to Come unto Me." The lamb in the center represents mankind as lambs of His flock. The four round blue circles above the lamb are called "jewels", as with illumination they look like gemstones. Restored courtesy of Doris Hartmann 2021.
Rosette Above the sanctuary doors. Rose windows in churches date to the Gothic period, when improvements in architecture allowed the insertion of round windows to let in lights, especially from above. The star in the window's center represents man's regeneration in baptism. It is not known who originally gave the window. Restored courtesy of James S. Finne 2021.
In the 1970s, Betty Flanders, a parishioners of Trinity Church Rocky Hill began an ambitious needlepoint project, for which we are grateful. She lovingly, and beautfully, stitched the kneelers that surround our altar. These kneelers are yet another example of the personal touches that makes Trinity Church Rocky Hill "the little church with the big heart" . Thank you Betty!
We Would Love TO HAVE YOU WORSHIP WITH US and Be a Part of our community! In the spirit of Jesus Christ, Trinity Episcopal Church Rocky Hill extends a warm welcome to all persons regardless of age, race, ethnicity, economic or marital status, gender or sexual orientation.
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