the heart of Precious moments
The Precious Moments Chapel sits atop a stone terrace overlooking Center Creek to the south and Chapel Plaza to the north. With sculpted bronze panels, intricately carved wooden doors, hand-assembled stained glass windows, the structure is a breathtaking sight to behold.
From Paper Napkins To Carved Bronze
A work of art, a labor of love
“Enter into His Gates with Thanksgiving,
And Into His Courts with praise” - Psalm 100:4
Once inside the vestibule, a set of double doors lead to the Chapel Sanctuary. The exterior doors feature angels with hands clasped in prayer and upturned in praise. For more than one year, Mr. Butcher worked with skilled artisans in the Philippines to design, score, and carve the massive works of art through which millions of visitors have passed through.
Renew faith, remember love, praise god
Bring the intricate detail of Hallelujah Square home with this stunning replica plaque.
A Tribute To Heaven
After passing through the intricately-carved wooden entry doors, visitors enter the Chapel Sanctuary. The stunning 26-foot floor-to-ceiling hand-painted masterpiece, Hallelujah Square, reflects Mr. Butcher’s deep belief that within each of us is the hope of Jesus Christ. In Hallelujah Square, Mr. Butcher depicts Heaven through the eyes of a child, and pays memoriam to more than 25 children and adults who have touched his heart.
The Beauty of stained glass
Positioned on each of the four entry doors to the Chapel Sanctuary, stained glass angels representing various nationalities signify protection from the four corners of the Earth. Fifteen stained glass windows and murals in the east and west hallways depict the Bible’s Old Testament stories and the New Testament lessons. With the assistance of Mr. Butcher’s sister-in-law, Annie, the fragile works of art were cut and assembled to fit the designs. Shipped by truck from Annie’s studio in Redding, California, it was a miracle that after nearly 2,000 miles and 4 ½ days, not a single piece arrived broken! Two years after the sketching the designs, the magnificent glass windows were installed.
tributes to those taken too early
The west hallway is home to a window, a tribute to Mr. Butcher’s loving mother. Evelyn, known to most as “the peacemaker” is depicted in the 2015 9” figurine of the same name and is featured prominently in Hallelujah Square.
In the early 1990s, Tim Ryan was a young newlywed with an unwavering faith in the Lord. Shortly following Tim’s death in 1994, Mr. Butcher transformed the back room of the Chapel into the Tim Ryan Memorial Room to share Tim’s story, along with many others whose lives were cut tragically short.
Use the quiet sanctuary of the Tim Ryan Memorial Room, along with The Books of Remembrance, to help bring a sense of peace and acceptance for a loss of a loved one.
Timmy’s Tower is currently closed for renovation.
Stroll along the Avenue of Angels, relax in the gardens, and find peace in nature.
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