Mount Zion's Stained Glass Windows
The beautiful stained glass windows in the sanctuary are the most striking architectural feature of Mount Zion United Methodist Church. The windows are original to the 1924 structure and among the most beautiful in the upstate with classes from Clemson University coming to study them.
During the 1950's, the windows were memorialized; and the money was used to restore the sanctuary and purchase a cross and brass candlesticks for the communion table.
Whether sunlight is streaming brightly through them, or the colors are muted by a cloudy day, these windows are a treasure from times past and will give joy long into the future.
►The Gassaway Family
Jesus with Children, the Chalice, and the Sheave of Wheat
The inscription at the bottom of the center panel reads:
♦ Jesus with the Children
The largest of the windows is the one which takes up most of the wall that faces Church Street. Situated between the double wooden doors, the window may be appreciated best from inside the sanctuary. This window carries the Gassaway family name.
"Suffer Little Children To Come Unto Me".
James D. Gassaway and Mariah H. Gassaway are memorialized on the lower panes.
James D. Gassaway ~ March 13, 1813 to September 5, 1887
Mariah H. Gassaway ~ February 27, 1823 to May 22, 1890
The crest at the top of the window gives the installation year of 1921.
Walter L. Gassaway, who grew up in Central and cherished the church of his parents, made the original $50,000 donation toward construction of the church in 1923. That amount in 2013 dollars would be ~$680,000. This window memoralizes his parents, James D. Gassaway and Mariah Douthitt Gassaway. More information may be learned about the Gassaway family at Clemson Wiki.
♦ The Chalice:
This window also memorializes the Gassaway family.
The chalice symbolizes the cup of the Last Supper where Jesus offered his blood for all of us.
♦ The Sheave of Wheat:
The sheave of wheat represents the gifts of God, the fullness and the bounty of the Lord.
This window memorializes W. L. Gassaway (1865-1930).
The inscription under his name reads "Hither By Thy Help We've Come".
► The Ramseur Family
Bunch of Grapes
Arthur Ramseur (1858-1913) was a dispatcher on the Southern Railway that ran through Central. His wife was Elizabeth G. Ramseur (1860-1945).
The grapes symbolize the unity of the church.
This window carries the Ramseur family name.
► The Morgan Family
The F. Burt Morgan family name is on this window with the lamp being symbolic of Christian Knowledge. Jeptha Morgan was a Central merchant whose daughters Jessie and Jennie were active in many ways during their lifetime at Mount Zion. Their home is now the Central History Museum which is located two houses down from the church. It is open to the public on Sunday afternoon.
► The Morgan Family
Pink Flower (Anemone)
The anemone is symbolic of the Trinity. It is sometimes depicted in scenes of the Crucifixion as it was said that the flowers sprang up on Calvary.
The Morgan family
is memorialized in
Francis B. Morgan
Eugenia R. Morgan
Jeptha N. Morgan
Minnie M. Morgan
► The Wallace Family
This window is dedicated "To The Glory of God" by the Wallace family. William W. Wallace came to Central in 1912 as Superintendent of Central's High School. Later he became president of Cannon Mills.
This window memorializes William Wallace and Bert H. Wallace.
The Easter Lily is symbolic of the resurrection although there is no specific scriptural reference to it.
► The Gaines Family
Representing the Bible, God's Holy Word, the main road map for the Christian, this window carries the Gaines family name.
This window memorializes Sallie Gaines, R. G. Gaines, and W. A. and Eloise H. Gaines. Several pioneer members of this family had a great part in organizing the early Mt. Zion church and descendants remain active to this day.
► The Sims Family
Anchor with Rope
This window features the anchor a symbol of Christian hope - the hope of salvation through the cross of Christ.
This window memorializes John N. Sims (1879-1945).
► The Abercrombie Family
The Cross within the Crown
This window memorializes Ben and Ada Abercrombie. Mr. Ben F. Abercrombie served as Sunday School superintendent for 28 years.
This window is a combination of two Christian symbols.
The cross reminds us of Christian death and the crown symbolizes the reward of the faithful in life after death.
► The Dobson Family
The Ark of Noah
God established His covenant with Noah, and this covenant was an everlasting covenant. Genesis 9:16
Faye Dobson, the 11-year-old daughter of Mollie Dobson is memorialized in this window.
Faye was born in 1937 and passed away in 1949.
► Martha B. Wood
Christ's Ascension is the theme on this backlit window which is located behind the pulpit.
The symbolism reminds us that as Jesus left, so shall He return.
The window was given by Harold Wood in memory of his wife, Martha B. Wood. It was added in 1999 after the organ and pipes were removed from the chancel.