CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- If the new stained-glass windows at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church seem old, that's on purpose.
The windows, which Father John Hagan will bless during a service Sunday morning, were inspired by a stained glass window of Jesus which once hung in the original stone church building of St. Matthew's. The old building was torn down in 1960 to make way for the current church on Norwood Road.
"These are more contemporary," said Fred Belden, a church member who coordinated the window project. "All the colors in these are to complement the color uses in the old window."
The new windows depict a cross, a dove that symbolizes the Holy Spirit, and a chalice, which symbolizes the Eucharist.
Before the windows were installed in three archways in the church's portico, the entryways led down from the church to Bridge Road below. There were steps, too, but the church had them removed.
"We took the steps out because they were dangerous and nobody used them anyway," Belden said.
The church members were tired of looking at traffic from the road and nearby houses, he said.
Members of the church paid for the glass project. Three families donated to the work in memory of loved ones.