Four-year task to record church’s gems is complete
SUTTON St James’ Church will welcome Macclesfield Decorative and Fine Arts Society to their Sunday Communion Service so the society can present them with a record of the church’s furnishings.
Over the last four years, a team of volunteers has meticulously measured and recorded the contents of the church in a book which will serve as a permanent reminder of its artistic heritage.
Contents include windows by nationally known makers such as William Morris and Co, altar frontals by the Leek School of Embroidery, and a font made by a local craftsman who was deaf and dumb.
Volunteers have unearthed stories of explorers, silk manufacturers and local dignitaries during their work.
As a memento of the work done, the Society will also present a kneeler cushion designed by one of its members.
David Griffiths, leader of the Macclesfield Decorative and Fine Arts Society church recording group, said: “We have spent four years looking at all this material.
“Although Sutton St James is a small church it still has a massive number of interesting artefacts of all kinds, from silver to textiles.”
The special service will take place on Sunday, February 28.
Macclesfield DFAS organises lectures on artistic subjects monthly in the Old Sunday School.
Everyone is welcome to attend the lectures. See macclesfielddfas.org.uk.