December 21, 2016

Asbury Returns to John Street

After several months in Larry Gordon's Port Stained Glass workshop on Long Island, the Asbury Window, a 198-year old memorial to Bishop Francis Asbury, returned to John Street Church just in time for Christmas.

During its absence, the window underwent extensive repairs and restoration. While it was in his shop, Gordon repaired a crack that ran across the image of Bishop Asbury's face, restored an original stenciled border, and releaded the entire window. He also replaced several deteriorated pieces of glass and, upon returning the window, made improvements to the original installation.

The restoration of the Asbury Window was the first project funded by John Street Church's Capital Restoration Fund, which the congregation established earlier this year. A grant from the General Commission on Archives and History of the United Methodist Church also covered a portion of the project's cost.

John Street will properly celebrate this project's completion and the life and ministry of Bishop Francis Asbury on an upcoming Sunday morning.

Images: The restored Asbury Window (top), Detail from the restored window (middle), The window before restoration (bottom)

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