Sunday, December 30, 2012

"Christmas 1974"
Collector's Plate

Churches On Sundays
Year 2012


B.C.-North Vancouver, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 4/22/12.
B.C.-North Vancouver, Jehovah Witnesses Kingdom Hall, 8/5/12.
B.C.-North Vancouver, Lynn Valley Full Gospel Church, 8/12/12.
B.C.-North Vancouver, Lynn Valley United Church, 2/14/12.

B.C.-North Vancouver, Posthumous, Baptist Church, 11/25/12.
B.C.-North Vancouver, Posthumous, "Dorman's Shack", 9/2/12.
B.C.-North Vancouver, Posthumous, Elim Pentecostal Chapel, 7/1/12.
B.C.-North Vancouver, (Moodyville),  Posthumous, Moodyville 
                                                Methodist Church, 12/16/12.
B.C.-North Vancouver, Posthumous, Sixth Street Methodist Church/St. 
                                               Andrew's United Church/North Shore Lutheran 
B.C.-North Vancouver, Posthumous, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church,
B.C.-North Vancouver, Posthumous, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 3/18/12. 

B.C.-North Vancouver, Posthumous, St. John the Evangelist Anglican 
                                                                           Church 1900, 9/9/12.
                                               Posthumous, St. John the Evangelist Anglican 
                                                                           Church 1909, 9/16/12.

                                              St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church Memorial Hall
                                              St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church 1987, 9/30/12.
B.C.-North Vancouver, St. Stephens Catholic Church, 1/23/12. 
B.C.-North Vancouver, The Gospel Hall, 12/9/12.
B.C.-North Vancouver, Westlynn Baptist Church, 4/1/12.
B.C.-Squamish, St. John Anglican Church, 12/23/12.
B.C.-Squamish, Wall Hangings/St. John Anglican Church, 12/23/12.
B.C.-Ucluelet, St. Aiden's Church-On-the-Hill, 10/7/12.
B.C.-Vancouver, Vancouver Unitarian Church, 10/14/12.
B.C.-Victoria, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 12/2/12.
B.C.-Yale, St. John the Divine Historic Church, 5/27/12.


Italy-Cathedral of Catania, Sicily, 11/4/12.


Malta-Port, Costa Pacifica Cruise Ship Chapel, 1/15/12.
Malta-Valletta, Our Lady of Victory Church, 2/26/12.


Spain-Barcelona, Sagrada Familia, 3/4/12.
Spain-Mallorca-Palma, Le Seu Cathedral, 3/11/12.


USA-California, Los Angeles, Hollywood United Methodist Church, 1/29/12.
USA-California, San Francisco, Holy Trinity Cathedral, 2/8/12.

USA-Hawaii,  Kahaluu, Hawaii, St. Peter's Catholic Church, 2/5/12.

USA-Washington, Leavenworth, Community United Methodist Church, 1/8/12.
USA-Washington, Leavenworth, St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1/1/12.
USA-Washington, Skykomish, Skykomish Community Church, 7/8/12.
USA-Washington, Spokane, Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, Catholic           
                                      Church, 7/22/12.
USA-Washington, Spokane, Central United Methodist Church, 7/17/12.
USA-Washington, Spokane, First Presbyterian Church, 6/10/12.
USA-Washington, Spokane, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 10/21/12.
USA-Washington, Spokane, Knox Presbyterian Church, 6/17/12.
USA-Washington, Spokane, Manito United Methodist Church, 4/29/12.
USA-Washington, Spokane, St. John's Episcopal Cathedral, 6/24/12.
USA-Washington, Spokane, St. Luke Lutheran Church, 2/12/12.
USA-Washington, Spokane, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 
                                                          Brentwood Ward, 4/15/12.
USA-Washington, Spokane, Unitarian Universalist Church, 5/6/12.
USA-Washington, Spokane, Westminster Congregational United Church, 
USA-Washington, Waterville, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 8/26/12.

USA-Wisconsin, Green Bay, St. John's the Evangelist Catholic Church, 7/29/12.
USA-Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 6/3/12.
USA-Wisconsin, Seymour, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 5/13/12.

Photo: Plate hanging on wall of SW's kitchen, all year round. 
               Label- "Abe and Rosie Bautista, Our first Christmas at our new  home:  
               53 Guadalupe Avenue, Daly City 4-20-74."




Sunday, December 23, 2012


St. John Anglican Church 
Squamish, B.C., Canada
Wall Hangings

Madonna Hanging
We began our quilting journey at the church with a group of interested women in 1976.  A few of us became very interested in the craft and after making a few quilts in the old fashioned way including sitting around a frame in the church hall to do the actual quilting, it seemed time to design one of our own to hang in the church.  The central design of the Madonna was based on a pattern in a magazine, and the designs outside the Madonna were our own. The technique used throughout is hand applique, a time consuming method but pleasing to the eye because it presents a softness that machine applique cannot do. Various people chose a block to do, and I made the Madonna block, using the satin from my wedding dress for Her dress.  The black binding to simulate the lead of stained glass was all made by hand and hand stitched on.  The quilt was made in memory of the wife of our Rector, Aubrey Godwin, who was there when we began to quilt.  The hand dyed blue fabric for the background came from a quilt shop in Navan, Ontario.  The hanging has stood the test of time fairly well in terms of the fabric fading very little.  The hanging is usually at the rear of the church but is moved to the sanctuary during Advent and for the Christmas season.  It has been hung outside to be freshened up over the years and was once professionally cleaned (as were all the hangings) after a minor fire in the church.
The Pall 

The Pall
When my husband , who was the Honorary Assistant for many years at St. John's, died in 1995, I borrowed a pall from another church for his funeral.  The ACW at the time decided they would like to purchase one for the church in his memory, but it was then decided to make one instead.  The technique used in this hanging is called Watercolour quilting and the technique was originally designed by a woman in England.  There are over 2000 2" squares of fabric which were placed on a design wall sheet of flannel, section by section.  Many squares were placed and then removed time and time again until the proper flow of colour was achieved.  Many people donated fabric so that we would have a huge choice, something vital in a design of this sort.  Once the top was completed, it was put on a large frame and all hand quilted.  It was displayed in a large show of sacred hangings in Grace Church on the Hill, Toronto where it received much admiration.  It has faded over the years but is still in very good shape.  It has been used as a pall a few times but since cremation is so much more common now, it ir rarely put to its original use.  It continues to receive many fine comments from visitors.

 Spirit Hanging

Spirit Hanging
By the time this hanging was made the number of quilters had declined and so there were just a very few of us to tackle this project.  The design was loosely based on a photo we had seen in a book, but we changed that design to suit our own ideas and choice of fabrics and colour.  We did not call it "The Holy Spirit" but just "Spirit Hanging" because we wanted it to give a sense of general spirituality.  The making of the pattern pieces from the design was rather difficult but we finally achieved what we felt would be pleasing to the eye.  It took some time to select the correct fabrics which were then cut using the pattern pieces and sewn together by machine.  Once again it was put on a frame, but this time a frame adapted to house size was used.  It was entirely hand quilted and when finished was embellished with beads sewn on by hand.  The hanging is usually at the front of the church for most of the year.

Rose Window

Rose Window
This was a project that I did on my own in thanksgiving for the long time friendship of Ruth Fenton, another quilter and long time devoted member of St. John's.  It is based on the design of the Rose Window in Notre Dame, Paris, France.  The symbol of a round hanging reminds us of the eternal nature of God, and the rich colours are to replicate the stained glass in the Cathedral.  Once again I saw a photo and then made the design myself based on the photo.  It is entirely done by hand applique and hand quilted as well.  It has hung in various places in the church and seems to have stood up well to the exposure to so much light.
At the moment, this hanging is not up but will be by Christmas. 

Some 5 or 6 years ago we had a "Sacred Hangings" show at the church and had submissions from all over the country.  It was a superb display and well received.  This hanging was my submission for the show and I offered it to the church later and it was accepted.  It, too, is based on a design I saw many years previously at a show in Ontario.  It consists of 5 panels, made again entirely by hand applique with very rich fabrics - silk, satin, velvet, lame, and much gold braid.  Some of these I found in fabric shops in New York City when I was visiting there.  It was a real challenge working with such slippery fabrics which frayed badly, unlike the   cottons we usually use.  A friend made the special stand that it hangs on , the one you likely saw with the Rose Window hanging on it.  It has a netting superimposed on the front with angels appliqued on .  It was a project unlike anything I had ever done, and it was very satisfying to see it turn out well.

Thank you: To congregation members Andrea Gaulius and Maureen McDougall 
                 for information and identification of the banners. To Maureen Dougall
                 for the detailed description of the banners and the love and devotion 
                 with which she worked on them.
Photos: Taken in December 2012 by SW.
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1930 Diamond Road
Garibaldi Highlands

St. John Anglican Church
Squamish, B.C., Canada

"The term Squamish, meaning " Mother of the Wind", "people of the sacred water" and "Dream Killer"..." (Link 2.)

"Squamish (/ˈskwɔːmɪʃ/; 2011 census population 17,158) is a community and adistrict municipality in the Canadian province of British Columbia, located at the north end of Howe Sound on the Sea to Sky Highway....The town of Squamish had its beginning during the construction of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway in the 1910s. It was the first southern terminus of that railway (now a part of CN). The town remains important in the operations of the line and also the port. Forestry has traditionally been the main industry in the area, and the town's largest employer was the Western Forest Products pulp mill. However, Western Pulp's Squamish Operation permanently ceased operation on January 26, 2006....In recent years, Squamish has become popular with Vancouver and Whistler residents' escaping the increased cost of living in those places, both less than one hour away by highway. Tourism is an increasingly important part of the town's economy, with an emphasis in outdoor recreation." (Link 3.)

stjohnsold"There has been a continuing Anglican presence in the Squamish area since the late nineteenth century when settlers were arriving to farm the land. Many settlers were of British descent and being able to worship here was key to their staying. In 1894 Miss Anne Barbara Edwards (later Mrs. Harry Judd) began a Bible Study class on Sundays.
In 1912 the Rev. Allan Greene began to minister in Newport (Squamish) and Brackendale every two weeks, arriving at the dock in his mission boat, “Eirene”, and traveling north on horseback or railway handcart. With his help the settlers were able to raise $1,000. and procure a piece of property donated by the new Pacific Great Eastern Railway, as well as a loan from the Diocese of New Westminster in order to build the church of St. John the Divine on 6th Avenue, completed in July of 1913. The little 25’ by 50’ church building  (It is now a personal residence.) served St. John’s for many years until the Garibaldi Highlands began to expand. In 1965 Mr. Pat Goode donated a piece of property in Garibaldi Estates where a rectory was built, followed by a church hall in 1976 which was used as church sanctuary and hall for the next 24 years. This central location became the home of our current sanctuary built in 2000.

Front door and right wing of church
(Steeple has structure to hold lights for Christmas star.)
Over the years there have been scores of faithful Anglican lay people and clergy who have ministered to folks living in the Sea to Sky corridor, from Woodfibre to Pemberton. We plan to celebrate the rich heritage of these ‘saints’ past and present throughout the last century in our centennial year of 2013." (Link 1.)

The present church, built in the year 2000 and in the photos above, is a one story building with a wing on either side of the front entrance.  Above the front entrance is a square steeple. The front of each wing is a wide hall leading to the  entrance foyer which also leads to the doors of the sanctuary.  The rear of the left wing of the church, in the top photo, shows the windows of the sanctuary.  The nave windows are behind the cross in the bottom photo.  The pews face this corner nave.

The sanctuary wall hanging were made by the women of the congregation. The group started quilting in 1976.  All quilts were hand quilted and hand appliqued. Some quilts were memorials or tributes to friends. The Madonna hanging even includes satin from the wedding dress of quilter Maureen McDougall. 
(Set up for "Sea to Sky" singer's Christmas concert.)
(Note Rose Window and Madonna Hangings.)

Spirit Hanging

The Pall

For more information on the wall hangings see the separate Blog Post published December 23, 2012.

Thank you: To congregation members Andrea Gaulius and Maureen McDougall 
                 for information and identification of the banners.
Photos: Taken in December 2012 by SW.
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God, be with the persecuted Christians through out the world. Amen

Sunday, December 16, 2012

                                                                                                     December 16, 2012

Mechanics' Hall 
(North Vancouver Archives #13270)

Moodyville Methodist Church
Moodyville, B.C. Canada

"The Reverend Ebenezer Robson, a Methodist minister...travelled from New Westminster to the inlet in the spring of 1865 to bring the gospel message to the locals.  In his diary for June 19, Robson wrote: 'Rode out to Burrard Inlet, and crossing over in a canoe preached to 15 persons at Moody and Co's mills after supper; good attention and invitation to come again.  Rode back after dark, arriving home about 10 p.m.  this was the first sermon on the inlet.' : (REF 1.)  "...a year later, Catholic missionaries began working among the local Indian people." (REF 2.)

Rev. Ebenezer Robson
(REF 1.)

"Moodyville (at the south end of Moody Avenue, now Moodyville Park), is the oldest settlement on Burrard Inlet,... Logging came to the virgin forests of Douglas Fir in North Vancouver, as sailing ships called in to load. A water-powered sawmill was set up in the 1860s at Moodyville, by Sewell Moody. Subsequently, post offices, schools and a village sprang up." (Link.)  "1901 the Moodyville  Sawmill closes....1915 Moodyville is incorporated into the City of North Vancouver.... 1916 The abandoned Moodyville sawmill is destroyed by fire." (REF 3.)

"The Methodist Church did not construct a building, but conducted worship services at Moodyville in the cookhouse, schoolhouse and the Mechanics Institute Hall." (REF 4.) (See Map  below.) 

Early Moodyville
(Note: School on left, Cookhouse on right.
The Mill is at the bottom. REF 8.)

"Article 10 of the Bylaws and Constitution of the Mechanics Institute, founded in 1869, provides for the room to be at the disposal of preachers of the Gospel of all denominations, for holding Divine Service, free of charge." (REF 7.)  " the school house I saw hymn books of the Methodist Church.  Sunday School was held frequently and at times church services for the elders." (REF 5.) "The community centre of Moodyville was the "Mechanics' Institute", a two-story building.  Upstairs was the Masonic Hall ...In the hall was an organ which was taken downstairs on special occasions....The "Institute", complete with the organ of the Masonic Lodge was regularly used for worship whenever a minister of any denomination came." (REF 6.) Building a separate church was considered at an Institute meeting in 1880, but "the proposal was finally withdrawn..." (Map.)

Photos: Mechanic's Institute-Copied and Photoshopped, North Vancouver
                          Archives. Rev. Ebenezer Robson-Copied from REF 1. and Photo-
Map-North Vancouver Archives #225, "Sketch of Moodyville Sawmill Site",
                         Rodgers Burns.  School and Cookhouse colored 
                          pink by SW.

Reference 1. The Pioneer Years 1774-1886, 
                          by Derek Patrick.

Reference 2. Reflections, by Chuck Davis.
Reference 3. City of North Vancouver Heritage Inventory 1994
Reference 4. A History of the City and District of North Vancouver, 
Reference 5. North Vancouver 1891-1907, John Rodger Burns.
Reference 6. The Early Story of North Vancouver, p. 11, Rev. William Stott.
Reference 7. Minute Book of the Mechanics' Institute, property of the
                          Vancouver Public Library.


God, be with the persecuted Christians through out the world. 

Give strength to the grieving family in Newtown Connecticut.


Sunday, December 9, 2012

                                                                                                                      December, 9, 2012
133 East 4th Street

The Gospel Hall
North Vancouver, B.C. Canada

"The Gospel Hall brethren are a group of independent Christian assemblies throughout the world that fellowship with each other through a set of shared Biblical doctrines and practices. Theologically, they are evangelical and dispensational....they usually describe themselves simply as "Christians" gathered in the name of the Lord Jesus,...They are not a denomination in the normal sense of the word....Gospel Hall brethren would claim to follow the "pattern" of New Testament church doctrine...As such they recognise no central ecclesiastical authority, no formal creed, no prescribed liturgy nor any ordained salaried ministry. Each assembly is an autonomous locally functioning body of baptised believers, recognising the final authority of the Bible and led by a plurality of elders." (Link 1.)

Welcoming plaque on the front of The Gospel Hall

Allan McCurrie, "one of the Trustees", outlines the history of The Gospel Hall in North Vancouver.  "Before coming to our present building at 133 E. 4th St. in 1929, we were in rented accommodation at 6th and Lonsdale on the west side from 1915-1919, 1919-1920 at 120 East 2nd St.,and later in 1920 at 4th and Lonsdale, NW corner."

The 1921 City Directory confirms the 4th and Lonsdale NW corner location. It lists The Gospel Hall in North Vancouver  at #403 Lonsdale Ave in 1921.  This was the middle of the three stores in the 1912 building on the north west  corner of Lonsdale Ave. at West 4th Street.  The building also is listed as having rooms.  The Des Brisay Department Store occupied #401 in 1913 and at least to 1920.  Others who occupied #403 during the time The Gospel Hall was a resident were Lonsdale College of Music and Tailor Richard Willoughby.  The last listing of the Gospel Hall at this address was 1929.

Scripture plaque on front of The Gospel Hall

The Building Permit Book at the North Vancouver Archives lists a permit being applied for in 1928 to construct the Gospel Hall at 133 East 4th Street.  The applicant was C.A. Copp.  The architect for this $4000 structure was S. D. 
Taylor.  The main meeting hall of the two story church is on the upper floor.  
The hall has wood panelling on the side walls up to the windows and covering the front wall.  A large lectern is in the front of the hall and chairs provide seating.

Scripture plaque on rear of The Gospel Hall

The 1930 Fire Insurance Map at the North Vancouver Archives indicates that The Gospel Hall was at  133 East 4th Street.  

The Gospel Hall continues to be used  for worship today with meetings on Sundays and Tuesday evening. Times of the meetings and scripture plaques on the front and back of the building announce the Christian message of The Gospel Hall.

(SW Observation of the Sanctuary: The simple hall had wood panelling on the sides up to the windows.  The front was also wood panelled, this time to the ceiling.  In a recess there was a large lecturn "my guide told me that is what to call it" and a chair on each side.  The chairs were casually placed in the hall.)

Thank you: To Allan McCurrie for his helpful information. Photo: Taken November 2012 by SW.
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Sunday, December 2, 2012

                                                                                                            December 2, 2012
689 Courtenay Street

St. Andrew's Presbyterian
Victoria, B.C. Canada

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church is located in downtown Victoria B.C. at the corner of Douglas and Broughton Streets, not far from the Inner Harbour. It is the oldest continuing Presbyterian Church (1889) and congregation (1866) in Victoria"The architect was Leonard Buttress Trimen. The architecture is said to be of Castellated Scottish Baronial style. With its stepped gables, massive tower and sturdy doors (See photo below.) it is easy to agree with the castellated designation ." (See Link 2.) 

Front doors

 "The first organ installed for the Congregation of St. Andrew’s dates back to 1879, and that organ was installed by the S. R. Warren and Son organ builders from Toronto, Ontario. That organ had to be shipped to Victoria by sea around the Cape Horn and was reported to be the finest and largest in the Province at that time. From its earliest home to the present, the organ has undergone a number of revisions, rebuilds and upgrades. Those revisions and upgrades saw the transformation of the original organ, wind powered by a water-engine and with a disposition of 21 stops to its current version of 72 speaking stops of which 37 are pipes and the remainder digital, all available through a beautiful Rogers Organ console installed in 2001.

"The organ contains 2190 pipes, and the latest rank installed was the Trumpet 8′ built by Casavant Organ builders in Quebec, Canada. The pipe work still uses 3 ranks from the original Warren organ and was built by the Walker organ company in 1872.

                  Altar and pipe organ

"St Andrew’s was fortunate to be able to obtain a number of ranks of pipes from Christ Church Cathedral as the Cathedral replaced their organ with a new tracker instrument. Those ranks were from the English organ builder Hill Norman and Baird and added greatly to the current ensemble.
"The organ is cared for and maintained by Grant Smalley. The current organist and music director at St. Andrew’s is Douglas Hodgkinson." (See Link 1.)

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church sits at 680 Courtenay Street in the heart of downtown Victoria, B.C.  It is an easy walk from the B.C. Parliament Buildings, The Empress Hotel, and the B.C. Provincial Museum.

Photo: Top photo of church and of church doors taken in 2004 by SW. 
              Photo of altar and pipe organ from Link 1.