The Rutledge Window ~ The Road to Emmaus: This window on the west wall by the pulpit (pictured at left) is a memorial to James Rutledge, a lawyer, dedicated churchman, and mayor of Whitby. Rutledge served as Churchwarden several times in All Saints’ history, beginning in 1884. The window depicts Jesus, having joined the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, being entreated to stay the night, and rest. There are similarities in the style, energy and Scriptural theme between the Rutledge/Emmaus window and the Channen/Empty Tomb window, which is further along the west wall. During his Incumbency at All Saints, the Rev. Channen was known to base an Easter season homily on the Rutledge window. It is interesting and fitting that the Channen memorial window should complement the Rutledge memorial window in this way.
The Goode Window ~ “Come Unto Me/ Behold, I Knock”: This east-wall window (pictured at right) is in memory of Henry H. Goode, 1879–1966 and his wife Dana Louisa Goode, 1887–1969. Mr. Goode is remembered as a quiet man, who willingly served wherever needed. Mrs. Goode was once president of the Afternoon Guild and of the Chancel Guild. She often hosted Afternoon Tea Parties in her home to raise money to purchase altar linens. The window pairs two depictions of Christ—on one side, the humble Christ with outstretched arms, based on Matthew 11:28; and on the other, Christ the King with lantern in hand, as described in Revelation 3:20.
The Hawke Window (pictured below) is sometimes called the Ruby Window. The vivid red sets it apart from any of the others in the church. It is on the east side of the church ad when the morning sun shines through, the stained glass is remarkably bright and often paints the pews with rose-coloured patches. The window is in memory of Anthony Bewden Hawke, who was chief emigration agent for Upper Canada and Britain from 1835 onward. He died in Whitby in 1867. His initials are visible in the left window panel opposite a silhouette of an eagle, symbol of St John the Divine, in the right. In the circular window above is a verse from Proverbs: “The memory of the just is blessed.” Learn more about A.B. Hawke and the Ontario Emigrant Office.
Entering our lovely church each Sunday through the front doors, many walk right by a piece of the ecclesiastical furnishing that is used exclusively for one of the two sacraments of the Anglican Church. One sacrament is, of course, Holy Communion. So what is the other sacrament, and what item in the nave am I referencing? If you guessed the sacrament of Baptism and our beautiful baptismal font, you are correct. Well Done! Three Weatherbottom points to you!
As in many Roman and Anglican churches, our font stands at the entryway to the church. Its placement represents how one enters the faith. As we step into the church, we pass the font where Baptism allows each new Christian an entryway into the family of God.
Having survived our church’s more recent fire (albeit with some telltale discolouration), our font was carved from stone and donated by Richard Wolfenden in January of 1869. Around the outside you’ll find inscribed these words: “Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not.” The cover was not added until 1927. It was carved in oak and donated in memory of Ann Rabeth Wright, the wife of the then Rector. The brass basin for the font was donated in 1917, in memory of Ashleigh Rice who was killed in action.
Our 137-year-old font is in continuing use today. I am sometimes asked if it is permissible to use a more portable font at the front of the church. Though this is certainly quite possible, for those who are more traditionally liturgical in their approach to the sacrament, the choice is clear—baptismal candidates enter into their convenant with God in the place where they enter into God’s church.
~Bertie Weatherbottom, Notes & Queries Reporter for the 150th
Taken from a 1954 point-form history written by Mrs. Nan Erskine and deposited in the All Saints Archives:
For 88 years now, [the church] has stood as a monument to its Pioneer Builders and devout worshippers.… [I] call to mind many men and women of the past who contributed to the success of the Christian work of the church, and many names adorn the parish list, as their descendants carry on the old traditions.… Our bazaar is our main project. One time we held it in the Town Hall. It was an afternoon and evening affair—Bazaar, Supper & Concert—believe me, we made money!… We always had a Chancel Guild in a very small way, and at one time only two did the work. We had some very fine sewers who made & embroidered Altar Cloths, Purificators, etc.… The [Women’s Auxiliary] rebound the large Bible on the lectern after the fire [in 1929].… We welcome Rev. J.S. Armstrong and family and they are more or less settled. They are a fine couple and very aggressive. Next on the agenda is the building of a new Sunday School and repair work in the church. Rev. Armstrong is a little more High Church than some we have had, but he is introducing a new form of worship, which we are not quite used to, but as far as I see, he will win out.