Gayle Thompson has found a way to use her love of glass to benefit her congregation.
Gayle has been making stained glass for 35 years and for the last decade has also been kiln fusing glass. A few years ago she started making crosses for church fund raising. The crosses were popular at the church so this year, with Bishop Pryse’s permission, she took some to the Bishop’s Retreat. The response was very positive, with several people asking how they could get some for their church as confirmation gifts as well as for themselves.
Sales of the crosses have netted $750 this spring alone. Gayle has also twice donated pieces for licensed ticket raffles with the proceeds on both exceeding $5000. The profits went to St. Mark’s, Midland Fund Raising Budget to be used for outreach, education or other operating expenses.
The crosses begin with selected pieces cut from sheets of stained glass and dichroic glass, specially formulated for moulding and fusing in glass kilns. The end result is a colourful, unique piece that can even be made to order in a colour theme of your own choosing.
To learn more about the crosses or to place an order you can contact Gayle via email at firstname.lastname@example.org