Window of Hope, St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon

Capt Henry Sewall's memorial window, All Saint's Church, Jensen Beach, Florida.
Capt. Henry Sewall’s memorial window, All Saint’s Church, Jensen Beach, Florida. The anchor is an ancient symbol of hope.
Looking towards the IRL.
Looking towards the Indian River Lagoon.

All Saints Church is Martin County’s oldest church still in use; it was built in 1898, and still stands today upon a hill overlooking the Indian River Lagoon. Built by area pioneers, from local lumber, it has withstood the test of time through multiple devastating hurricanes…

Last Saturday, I was asked to speak before the ladies of the church about “River Kidz.” They wished to learn about the grass-roots organization founded in 2011 by children in the Town of Sewall’s Point. I found this fitting as my mother states in her book about Sewall’s Point, that the history of the peninsula cannot be separated from the history of the little church.

Captain Henry Sewall, who gave Sewall’s Point its name, was a member of the church and  donated its bell that still rings out clearly across the river today. He along with his family is buried there. The window, in memory of his life, bears an anchor, and for me, after my visit to the little historic church, this window is a “window of hope.”

According to Joyce A. Fletcher Menard’s book on All Saints entitled, “Windows, Memorial, and More,” the anchor had great importance in ancient times for mariners (such as Capt. Sewall) as it was regarded as  symbol of safety, but later on it became a symbol of hope.

Sometimes there is no safety, but there is always hope. I have hope for the St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon. I have hope through the children, and I have hope through you. Without hope, we have nothing. Hold fast. Hold on, and hold tight. Don’t give up. We are the anchor for our river; we are its “window of hope.”

Front of All Saints Church, photo JTL, 2015.
Front of All Saints Church, photo JTL, 2015.
plaque
historic plaque
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inside the sanctuary
2.
window
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window
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window
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window
6.
window
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windows
Capt Henry Sewall's memorial window, All Saint's Church, Jensen Beach, Florida.
Window of hope. Window in memory of Capt Henry Sewall. The anchor is an ancient symbol of hope.
cushion
hand created cushion
cushion
another cushion
Looking up the hill.
Looking up the hill an ancient sand dune…
Sewall plot.
Sewall plot.
Capt Sewall's grave.
Capt Sewall’s grave.
Gigantic cactus growing next to the Sewall plot.
Gigantic cactus growing next to the Sewall plot.
Trunk of cactus tree.
Trunk of giant cactus tree.
The sand and native shrubs towards at the west side of the property.
The sand and native shrubs towards at the west side of the property.
Mural donated by the Hoke family
Mural donated by the Hoke family.
Railroad tracks behind the church
Railroad tracks behind the church.
1898 photo of All Saints Church, Jensen Beach, (Photo courtesy of Sandra Henderson Thurlow.)
1898 photo of All Saints Church, Jensen Beach, (Photo courtesy of Sandra Henderson Thurlow.)

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*The St Lucie and Indian Rivers come together at the Town of Sewall’s Point.

All Saint’s Church: ( http://www.allsaintsjensenbeach.org)

River Kidz/a division of the Rivers Coalition: (http://riverscoalition.org)

Sandra Henderson Thurlow’s books: (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/sandra-thurlow)

2 thoughts on “Window of Hope, St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon

  1. Thank you for this, Jacqui. I also spoke to their Heritage Society (68 folks) dinner on Saturday, April 11th. I gave them my whole program on the river and everglades and they really appreciated it. Their “theme” was “A River Runs By It”. They had a big cake, decorated like the river with the church on the hill and nautical decorations all around the room. Nancy and I stood outside the church afterward and looked out at the Indian River Lagoon with very much the same thoughts you expressed here.

    Thank you for your wonderful words of encouragement to us all.

    Blessings,

    Mark

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