Stained Glass Tours
Wednesday Stained Glass Tours are on break! Contact the church office to schedule a tour for your group.
Docent tours of our beautiful stained glass windows are offered on Wednesday mornings, from 11:00am - 12:00pm, as well as additional dates/times by special request. We present a brief history of our church, along with significant spiritual and artistic facts about the stained glass windows. Tours begin right inside the parking lot (west) entrance of the church (entrance is beside the playground).
The Story of the Windows
In Him was life, and the life was the light of all people. John 1:4
Flooding the sanctuary with a mellow, restful light, the beautiful stained-glass windows of St Petersburg First United Methodist Church in St. Petersburg, Florida, create an atmosphere of lofty solemnity, yet the dominant note is simplicity.
The windows were designed and produced for the sanctuary by one of the oldest and largest American studios, the George Hardy Payne Stained Glass Studio of Paterson, New Jersey. They were installed when the church building was constructed in 1926.
Ten pictorials of Jesus Christ, from His birth to His ascension into heaven, depict the highlights of His life and teaching. Nine windows adorn the east and west walls of the sanctuary; most of these are re-creations of religious paintings. The tenth window, which dominates the south wall, is a re-creation of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous mural, The Last Supper.
All ten of these pictorials are in the Tiffany style, unique to American stained glass. They have attained national prominence, and visitors appreciate the beauty of the glasswork and the spiritual messages.
It is our sincere hope that all who see these windows will reflect on their meaning and significance and offer their own prayer of thanks for the gift of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.