This past weekend, Moose Jaw residents got an up-close look at the magnificent stained glass windows inside St. Andrew's United Church, located in the downtown area.

Members of the church gave tours of the sanctuary and stained glass windows in conjunction with their annual Christmas market held on Saturday.

"A lot of people in Moose Jaw probably don't know what a beautiful church this is," said Lisa Veer, a member of the church's outreach committee. "It can seat 800 people. It's a church that's still in use and it's got quite an interesting history. There are lots of people that have come through that have mentioned actually seeing the fire that happened here in the 60's."

The large stained glass window at the back of the sanctuary depicts the Sermon on the Mount. The windows on the sides display scenes from the Bible and historical moments in the Christian faith.

Veer talked more about the history of the church.

"It was built in 1913. It's had quite a long history of ministry. Of course, we're continuing today. The structure of the building is absolutely beautiful. Very much like a European church actually."

St. Andrew's United Church currently has a smaller congregation, something Veer says they're hoping to grow in the coming years. She would like to bring more singers and musicians into the church, noting the acoustics in the building are outstanding.

The church is located at 60 Athabasca St. E.