The kneelers at the altar rail were made by the women of the ECW and presented to the church in 1991. It was a labor of love that took nine years by the twelve needlepointers, most of whom had to learn the art from scratch. The project was chaired by Dottie Swanson who also designed many of the cushions. Each cushion has a sponsor and the cost was also shared by sponsors and given in memory of loved ones.

• THE CHRISTMAS KNEELER: Mary with the Baby Jesus, the Nativity Angel, robed in red to symbolize Joy, the three Wise Men, the Star, and a shepherd with a lamb.

• THE EASTER KNEELER: The lilies symbolize the Glory of the Risen Lord and new eternal life. The crown and cross symbolize the reward of the faithful in life after death. It was inspired by the stained glass above the High Altar.

• THE APOSTLE’S KNEELER: The Winged Ox symbolizes St. Luke, Christ’s sacrifice and atonement. The golden cross inset with jewels is a depiction of the Processional Cross used every Sunday. The gold is the symbol of pure light and the rubies of the wounds Christ suffered during crucifixion. St. John is seen in the Eagle representing the ascension and divinity of Christ.

• THE CHILDREN’S KNEELER: The five loaves and two fish represent the boy’s lunch that was used to feed the 5,000. The Fish is the symbol of Christ and the loaves of the Bread of Life. The lion and lamb lying down together represent the peaceable kingdom that will prevail under Christ’s rule. Noah’s Ark is an ancient baptismal symbol. The Dove with olive branch means the waters had receded from the earth. The Rainbow represents God’s Covenant with Noah.

• THE NATURE KNEELER: “Wildflowers, God’s own needlepoint.” Here are some of the wildflowers of Wisconsin. The butterfly symbolizes resurrected life. The stag symbol is taken from Psalm 42:1, “as the deer longs for the water brooks, so my soul for you, O God.” Thus it is the symbol of Solitude and Purity of Life. The trees are the sentinels that once stood around this church — the oak leaves and acorn for Faith, Remembrance and Endurance.

• THE HISTORY KNEELER: Chief Big Foot stands looking over Lake Geneva. Williams Bay and Yerkes Observatory, Church of the Holy Communion and the Lady of the Lake are also depicted. At the right is Fr. McNamara, the first rector of this church.

• THE COMMON KNEELER: One of the most vivid symbols of the Bible is the grapevine. The grapes symbolize the wine of the Holy Communion. The engraving, IHS on the silver challis are the first three letter of IHSUS, the name of Jesus in Greek. The Prayer Book is open to the Ten Commandments.

• THE TRINITY KNEELER: The Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, signifying that Jesus is the Beginning and End of all things. Chi Rho (XP) are the first two letters in the Title Christ, representing Christ as the reigning and triumphant Messiah. The fish is the symbol of Christ and Baptism. The Open Hands portray God the Father and His creative power in the world. The Descending Dove reminds us of the presence of the Holy Spirit.

• THE MUSIC KNEELER: The Golden Harp is the symbol of David and the Book of Psalms and all music in the honor of God. The lute, trumpet and lyre, are the instruments of Biblical times. The Pipe Organ symbolizes the continued praise the Church offers to the Glory of God.

• THE APOSTLE’S KNEELER: The angel represents St. Matthew who presents Christ to us as King. Next, an interpretation of the Celtic cross with the circle of Eternal Life. The Chi Rho symbol of our Lord is in the center of the cross. The winged lion is the symbol of St. Mark representing the majesty of Christ. (The worker of this kneeler counted 66,615 stitches for its completion.)

• THE BISHOP’S CUSHION: This shows the Episcopal Shield on the left. The center design is the Diocese of Milwaukee Bishop’s Emblem, and to the right is our own Holy Communion Episcopal Church emblem.

• THE DESCENDING DOVE CUSHION: The Descending Dove symbolizes God, the Holy Spirit, who descended upon Jesus at His baptism.