During the course of four years, a number of women at Glenn have dedicated their time and talent to stitch the beautiful kneelers we use at our communion rail. Below is a link that tells the story of the kneelers and includes pictures of each artist with her work, along with some of their thoughts about the process.
"Stations of the Cross" Project
In 2012, women from Glenn Memorial and Fort Street United Methodist Churches dreamed of a project in which they would needlepoint the Stations of the Cross to hang in Glenn’s Little Chapel. These Stations would serve as a way for worshipers to engage in the devotional practice of meditating on the Way of the Cross.
The project also served as a memorial to the ministry of Rev. Nancy Eastridge, a beloved associate pastor at Glenn Memorial who served here from 2005-2007. In 2003, Nancy and her husband, Mike, traveled to Rome where they visited holy and historical sites of the early Church. On one memorable day, Nancy spotted a small church sitting atop a small hill overlooking the Roman Coliseum. As she and Mike made their way up the path towards the church, Nancy realized that the path was marked by the Stations of the Cross. She and Mike started at the beginning and carefully examined each depiction of Christ’s journey to the Cross as they made their way to the church.
This particular experience awakened Nancy’s call to ordained ministry, and she responded to that call by leaving her employment as an attorney and attending Candler School of Theology. During her tenure at Candler, Nancy served as an associate minister at Glenn where she loved the people and her ministry of evangelism.
Nancy found particular solace in The Little Chapel. She prayed there, practiced her sermons, and struggled with the return of her cancer. At the altar of the Little Chapel, she found strength and peace in the Heart of God. Nancy’s journey continued through graduation from Candler to Commissioning to Ordination as an elder in the United Methodist Church in 2010. Six months later, her journey progressed into eternal communion with God.
On Palm Sunday, 2014, the Glenn congregation held a service of dedication to Nancy and the Stations of the Cross project. The Stations are now on permanent display in The Little Chapel.
Click here to read more about this project.