John Campbell Memorial Window

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Christ and the Children

Though unsigned this work is attributed to William Bustard and was produced in the studio of R S Exton & Co in 1950. It displays a high standard of craftsmanship.

The Inscription below the two windows reads:

Suffer little children to come unto me.

AMDG in loving memory of John Campbell 1885 – 1950

Session Clerk and Sunday School Superintendent

Erected by his loving wife Ethel Campbell.

The medallion depicts the Good Samaritan with the inscription:

He took compassion on him.

The subject is based on the incident recorded in Matthew 19, verses 13 and 14. It is faithfully depicted in the lower light common to both panels. At the left are the parents who have brought their children to Jesus. At the right is Jesus sitting with a young child on his knees while beside him the disciples are forbidding the parents to bring their children to him, their hands stretched out, palms outward, indicating their disapproval. Above are inscribed the words of Jesus, “Suffer the children to come to me.”

The left hand light above is completely occupied by a satisfying portrayal of Christ in a rich red robe issuing his invitation to the children. In the right hand light is a boy, the taller figure, and a girl, holding a posy of daisies in her hand, both looking eagerly toward the Lord’s face. The upper part of the children’s light is occupied by palm branches of a tender and satisfying green.

The top medallion contains a picture of the parable of the Good Samaritan recorded in Luke 10.

The windows are a fitting tribute to John Campbell whose work with families in the Department of Labour and Industry during the Depression of the early 1930s and among children in Sunday Schools and Children’s Homes throughout his life, was performed with love and compassion.