As you enter our church, your eye is drawn to the round window, above the altar. This was designed and made by Nicola Kantorowicz. It was installed on Thursday, September 23rd 1993, and was the gift from the Parish of St Michael, Sandhurst. Ms Kantorowicz explains it in this way.
The Book of the Revelation, Ch 4, verses 2-6: “.. .A throne was set in heaven. and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald .and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne which are the seven spirits of God.... And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal....”
A global theme - an emerald band surrounds the rainbow. The triangles which echo the four corners of the globe are filled with moons and stars. These join to create a circle of eternal golden light around the globe. The centre of the globe is divided by the Four elements: earth, air, fire, and water.
The window was designed to create a focal point of light above the altar. From a distance the bands of emerald, the rainbow, the eternal gold light, and the four corners of the globe, form the main structure.
Look closely and you will see the Elements - the leaves and red berries - the flames and coals - the bubbles in the water - and the clearness of the air.
The design also incorporates numerical symbolism. As well as the four Elements and the four corners, there are the seven spirits of God in the emerald band; the twenty four squares suggest the elders around the throne, and the rainbow is divided into twenty-four sections to suggest time.