All Saints Church in the Parish of Low Worsall
The church has a number of decorated windows all designed by Ann Sotheran of Fulford, York.
The east window with the text “The Kingdom of Heaven is like unto a net” depicts Christ as a fisher of men and the villages of High and Low Worsall in a bend of the river Tees, with some of the local animal and plant life. The window was a gift of the Parish to mark the centenary of the church in 1994 and was installed in 1995.
The Evans window on the south side of the nave with the text “In happy memory of Major H. K. D. Evans and Nancy Evans of Worsall Hall 1930-1993’ recalls Major Evans’ military service as an officer in the Queen’s Own 4th Hussars, Mrs Evans’ interest in carpentry and beekeeping and their joint interest in hunting and fishing. The window was installed in 1995. The two other windows on the south side of the nave were both installed in 1995. They both have text from Psalm 121 and 2. The first illustrates verse 1 “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help” and has a motif of wheat ears. The other window has the text from verse 2 “My help cometh from the Lord which made Heaven and Earth” and a motif of grapes and vine leaves.
The Dobby Rock window, on the north side of the nave with the text “My soul doth magnify the Lord” is a memorial to Dobby Rock 1926-1995. It recalls Dobby’s lifelong involvement with children as a nursery nurse and an infant teacher and also her membership of the Mothers Union. The lilies in the upper part of the window are included as the universal symbol of motherhood in the Christian Church. Dobby met her husband, Peter, through bell ringing and this is recalled by the inclusion of the bell ropes in the design. The window was installed in 1996.
The Peter Rock window, opposite the organ in the chancel, commemorates Peter’s service of thirty-two years as organist. As in his wife’s commemorative window, a bell rope and sally records his interest in bell ringing. The music depicted comes from the first line of the first hymn played at their wedding. This window was installed in 2006.
The window on the north side of the nave, opposite the entrance door, marks the Millennium. A new blue carpet with gold edges was laid in 1998, as part of the Millennium Project. The Hassocks, with the Yorkshire Rose motif on a blue background, were worked by members of the church and their friends and installed in 1998.
The chiming (bell) rope and sally were gifted in 2004 and matches the colours in the carpet.
In 2008, HMP Frankland constructed a pedestal for the old St John’s font from a design by Paul Barker. This allows the old St John’s font to be moved into the aisle for baptisms as an integral part of the communion service.