There’s a church in Redstone …
After years of prayer, the Church at Redstone was founded in 1977 by Pastor Doug Self and a collection of very dedicated Christians. The church met in various places in the Crystal River Valley, including the firehouse, an old Catholic chapel, and once in a church building that was being relocated up the highway. (Have one of the long-time members tell you that story!) Eventually, the church built its current building, which was completed about 10 years after the church’s founding, thanks to a lot of faithful Christians from across the country.
From the beginning, the Church at Redstone’s goal was for its worship services to be informal and personal and to reflect the more casual atmosphere of the Crystal River Valley residents. Members felt that by avoiding formality and pretensions they would more accurately convey their conviction that Christianity is a practical matter relevant to everyday life.
The church decided in the beginning that it would take no offering nor ask for money. Members realized that they would have to really trust God to be the one to prompt people to contribute.
Our stained glass windows
Everyone is welcome to come into the church building to take a look at its stained glass windows. We consider it a privilege to live and worship in an area where the beauty of God’s creation is so spectacular. These windows are a reminder that when Christians see the mountains, trees, streams, and wildlife, they should praise God who designed and created all these things.
Most of the windows are memorials to individuals who helped start the church or construct the building. On the wall beside the windows are plaques with information about those individuals. There also are many “hidden” symbols of the Christian faith in the windows for visitors to try to locate.
The windows were made over a 15-year period starting in the 1980s. Each was designed and crafted by Mary Matchael of Crystal Glass Studio, now located in Aspen.