St John’s Chapel is looking splendid as it has a new “all- seasons” altar frontal.
“Before this we had a different altar frontal for each of the Church’s seasons – green for ordinary time, white for Christmas and Easter, purple for Lent and Advent, and red for Pentecost. Each altar frontal had matching pulpit fall, collections bags and vessel covers. These were starting to look a bit tired, especially the white one which had been water damaged.
The original plan was to gradually purchase four new frontals, I approached Mary Collings – Church Furnishings. They sent me samples for possible altar frontals, plus a sample for an all-seasons frontal. I showed the options to the Chapel community and we unanimously decided to have the all-seasons one. Not only does it look stunning and lightens the wood paneling of the Chapel, there is a practical element to it as well – changing the altar frontals is not easy and none of us are getting any younger!
While we were having the altar frontal made, we decided to get everything matching, from the collection bags to the pulpit fall, and the vessel coverings to the cushions. We then decided to get a new fair linen cloth for the altar and new altar linen.
Although the cost of all this was much more than was originally expected, we are all so pleased with the end result, and it will last Chapel many decades.” Alison Dobell, Chaplain.
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