Sunday, March 30, 2014

St. Martin's Hall, on Lonsdale Ave. at corner with Queens Rd.
(1930 Fire Insurance Map.)

St. Thomas Anglican Church
North Vancouver, B.C. Canada

The first worship service of this church was held in October 1910.  The service was held in a small rented hall on the north-west corner of Lonsdale Avenue and Queens Road in North Vancouver District.  This small building was built by Thomas S. Nye as a warehouse to store building materials.  In 1918  this hall was purchased by the church congregation for $800, and enlarged.  St. Thomas Anglican Church continued to meet in the Thomas Nye warehouse for 13 years.  "The last service was held at this location on the 1st Sunday in September, 1923." (REF 3.) In 1927 it was sold for $300 and  became a builder' supply store. (REF 3.) The building also served as the church hall.  "It is the current location of a gas station at the corner of Lonsdale and Queens." (REF 2.)

In early November, 1910 the church became a mission of St. John's Anglican Church, North Vancouver (See Blog Post 9/30/12.).  And later in November 1910 the name of the church was officially St. Thomas Anglican Church.  

"...the parish was officially rededicated on Nov. 11, 1919, to St. Martin of Tours "in commemoration of the signing of the Armistice on St. Martins Day in 1918, to perpetuate the memory of those who were killed in the Great War. (See Link 1.)

(REF 4.)

In 1913 the ship's bell (15" by 15") of the SS Zafiro of Battle of Manila Bay fame (The flag ship of Commodore Dewey in the Spanish-American War of 1898.-REF 1.) was donated to the church and hung in a rustic, ground-standing belfry.  In 1920 the bell was built into a turret and placed on the roof of the hall (on Queens and Lonsdale), now named St. Martin's Church. This same turret was later moved and placed on the roof of the church, built at Windsor and St. Georges in both the east-west position of 1923, and the north-south position of 1927..."(REF 3.)  

Church Bell
(REF. 3)

For more information on St. Martin Anglican Church see Blog Posts 4/6/14 and 4/13/14.

Reference 1: North Vancouver Heritage Inventory, 1984, available at the North 
                          Vancouver Archives.
Reference 2: North Shore News, "Home and Garden", 'St. Martins Church' by                                  Dorothy Foster, Dec. 4, 1992.                      
Reference 3:  The History of Saint Martin's Church North 
                            Vancouver, Chronological History,St. Martin's Anglican Church, 
Reference 4: 1930 Fire Insurance Map, available at North Vancouver Archives. 
Link 1: http://en.wikipedia


God, be with the persecuted Christians through out the world. Amen (SW.)

Sunday, March 23, 2014

North Lonsdale United Church, 1915 
131 East Kings Rd.
(REF 1.)
Bethel Methodist Church/North Lonsdale United Church
North Vancouver, B.C. Canada

The 1993 District Heritage Inventory, page 117 (REF 3.)-"1915-Secondary List-This plain and modest church is simply detailed in the Craftsman tradition, with triangular eave brackets, exposed rafter end, and pointed verge-boards. Originally the Bethel Methodist Church, which became part of the United Church of Canada, (1925), it has served Baptist congregations since 1953." 

"By 1915 a small church was built on East King Road, first called Bethel Methodist Church but the name was soon changed to North Lonsdale Methodist.

" A Sunday School was with Mr. E.T. Bailey as superintendent. At the time of organic union of the Presbyterian, Methodist and Congregational churches in 1925, this church became North Lonsdale United, its congregation augmented by those who transferred from St. Stephens Presbyterian. From 1914 to 1919, North Lonsdale was a joint pastoral charge with West Vancouver, from 1919 to 1934, with Lynn Valley, and from 1934 to 1957 with Capilano.

1930 Fire Insurance Map
131 East Kings Road (on south side of street)

"The King’s Road church was bare, with plain wooded chairs for the congregation and a little pump organ. There was a small kitchen at the rear with a stove on which the ladies prepared hearty congregational dinners. This room was used also for meetings, as a Sunday School classroom, and as a dressing-room at Christmas concert time. Until 1948 North Lonsdale Church, received financial assistance from the Board of Home Missions, but from that time it was self-supporting, the minister’s salary and expenses of the manse being shared with Capilano.

"By 1948 it became evident that the little church was no longer adequate, and in 1950 two lots were purchased at the corner of Lonsdale Ave. and Osborne Rd. A building which was to serve eventually as a Christian Education Centre, but was to be used as the church in the meantime, was erected largely by volunteer labour and was dedicated on December 13, 1953." (Link 1.)

1964-131 Kings Rd. became Kingscrest (Kings Road-REF 2.) Baptist Church with renters from First Baptist and One Spirit Mission Church-serving a Korean congregation. (REF.2) and since 2008, the WestCoast Baptist Association.  In 2014 the building was still owned by Kings Road Church.

For more information on WestCoast Baptist Association see Blog Post 5/18/14.
For more information on North Lonsdale United Church see Blog Post 1/23/11.
Link 1: Link 1:
Reference 1: The Story of North Lonsdale 1913 to 1990-The Church on the 
                           Hill  is available at the North Vancouver Archives.
Reference 2: 2014 e mail from Janet Campbell, Office Administrator,  
                          WestCoast Baptist Association.
Reference 3: 1993 District Heritage Inventory, North Vancouver.
Reference 4: 1930 Fire Insurance Map available at North Vancouver Archives.


God, be with the persecuted Christians through out the world. Amen (SW.)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

3660 Hillcrest Avenue
(Watercolor by Elwood Hewgill, 1989.)
Capilano Highlands United Church
North Vancouver, B.C. Canada

Hillcrest Ave, North Vancouver, BC V7R 4B7
3660 Hillcrest Avenue
(Link 2.)

Capilano Highlands United Church was built at 3660 Hillcrest Ave. in the Capilano Highlands area of the District of North Vancouver.  This area is on the side of Grouse Mountain and just north of Edgemont Blvd where the later Highlands United Church was located at 3255 Edgemont Blvd. 

"Activity leading to the establishment of the former Capilano Highlands United Church began in July 1946, but it was not constituted as a Pastoral Charge by Vancouver Burrard Presbytery until September 25, 1950.  The budding congregation erected a cement block building at 3660 Hillcrest Avenue in 1951." (REF.)

The Building Permit book at the North Vancouver Archives also lists the church being built at 3660 Hillcrest in 1951 at a cost was $10,000.  A permit for a $2500 addition was applied for in 1951 as well.  "A neighboring and well established church, Capilano United Church (See Blog Post 2/24/13.) in Pemberton Heights, and its minister, offered considerable assistance to the new congregation in their formative years." (REF.)

"In February, 1951, Vancouver Burrard Presbytery changed the name Capilano Highlands Untied Church to Highlands United Church.  The growing congregation erected a new church building at 3255 Edgemont Boulevard in 1957." (REF.)   The North Vancouver Archives Building Permit book lists the new church  cost of construction  as $100,000.

" The original cement block building on Hillcrest Ave. was re-named Hillcrest Hall, and the  building remained in use for Sunday School and other purposes and was eventually demolished." (REF.)

Photo: Taken by SW in January 2014 of Capilano Highland United Church
               watercolor that now hangs in the Edgemont Avenue church office.
Reference:  Congregation member.  
                        Link 1:;rad
Link 2: (map)

God, be with the persecuted Christians through out the world. Amen (SW.)

Sunday, March 9, 2014

                                                                                                                                   March 9, 2014

870 Lynn Valley Road

Hillside Baptist Church
North Vancouver District, B.C. Canada

"Hillside Church is a member of CBWC.
"The Canadian Baptists of Western Canada are a community of Christ-following churches in Western Canada.  We have a Christ-centred theology that represents moderate Canadian values in an evangelican posture.  Our three-fold purpose is to invite faith, act in mercy and cultivate leaders.  There are 178 Canadian Baptist congregations in all four western provinces, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories.  Together, these congregations serve about 100,000 worshippers in churches large and small, urban and rural across Western Canada.  We reach out to our neighbours through missions that meet the needs of the poor and vulnerable in communities, both locally and internationally.  Everywhere, in word and deed, Christ is proclaimed. "(Link 1.)

"Lynn Valley is a neighbourhood of North Vancouver (District)British Columbia. Located at the northern edge of Metro Vancouver, it is nestled between the forested slopes (hence "Hillside") of Mount Fromme and Mount Seymour." (Link 2.)

"Hillside Baptist Church has been located in Lynn Valley since 1975.  City Directories at the North Vancouver Archives confirm this date. The church was smaller than the one in use today.  The April 26, 1989 Lynn Valley Echo states "Currently, Sunday School meets in a trailer on their lot and in the basement of a neighbor's house." (REF.)

Sanctuary with Baptism Font to right of steps

An addition to the church was built in 1989. "The church, which is planning a 6,000 square foot expansion, will have on hand a set of building plans and a model of the new building.......the new structure will include a new sanctuary, offices and classroom space... the construction costs will tally up to $460,000... A sod turning ceremony and open house are being held on Sunday, April 23, 1989." (REF.)


The Sanctuary also has a balcony.  The pews in the balcony (See photo.) were purchased from a church in Vancouver.  However, there are two pews in the church that were brought from the original church on Keith Rd.

Pews in Balcony

Fireside Room

Triptych at North Entrance
Romans 5:3

Thank you: To Pauline Sanderson for information regarding the Keith Rd and
                         Lynn Valley Rd. churches and to Melanie and Nick for their help.
Photos: Taken in December 2013 by SW and January 2014 by LW.
Reference: Lynn Valley Echo, "Church News, Hillside Baptist Expands, 
                         Celebrate sod-turning," April 16, 1898.
Link 1:
Link 2:


God, be with the persecuted Christians through out the world. Amen (SW.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

                                                                                                            March 2, 2014

City of North Vancouver Churches
Red Dot-Churches
Yellow Dot-Additional Congregations
Blue Dot-Additional Worship Spaces

Present (2015*) Churches
City of North Vancouver, B. C. Canada

The City of North Vancouver is 4000 acres located on the north shore of Burrard Inlet, across from the city of Vancouver. It is surrounded by North Vancouver District on the east, west, and north.

Date Started                      Name                    Address                  Blog Post Date

1910-St. Agnes Anglican Church, 530 East 12th Street, 2/6/11.

St. Agnes Anglican Church

1910-St. Edmund's Catholic Church, 545 Mahon Avenue, 6/26/11.

St. Edmund's Catholic Church

1912-St. Andrew's United Church, 1044 St. Georges Avenue, 1/9/11.

St. Andrew's United Church

1928-The Gospel Hall, 133 East 4th Street, 12/9/12.

The Gospel Hall

1951-Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 2725 Lonsdale Avenue, 4/22/12.

Holy Trinity Catholic Church

1955-St. Andrew's and St. Stephen's Presbyterian Church, 2641 Chesterfield

          Avenue, 3/3/13.

St. Andrew's and St. Stephen's Presbyterian Church

1984-North Shore Christian Centre, 1400 East Sutherland Avenue, 12/4/11.

North Shore Christian Centre

1987-St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, 220 West 8th Street, 9/30/12.

St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church

1988-North Shore Alliance Church, 201 East 23rd Street, 12/8/13.

North Shore Alliance Church
1995-Sutherland Church, 630 East 19th Street, 1/26/14.

Sutherland Church

2008-North Shore Bethel Christian Mennonite Brethren Church, 185 East
          Keith Road, 2/3/13.

North Shore Bethel Christian Mennonite Brethren Church

2008-Vision for the World Church, 821 West 15th Street, 6/15/14.

Vision for the World Church

Additional Congregations 
(no blog posts published)

2001-Korean Presbyterian Church, meeting at St. John the Evangelist 
           Anglican Church220 West 8th Street, church blog post at 9/30/12.

2004-Christ Church, meeting at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church
                220 West 8th Street, church blog post at 9/30/12.

St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church

2010-St. Timothy's Anglican Church, meeting at Sutherland Church
                630 East 19th Street, church blog post at 1/26/14.

St. Timothy's Anglican Church Altar
(Photo: Patricia Young)

Sutherland Church

2011-Persian Church of The Light of the World/North Shore Iranian Church, meeting at North Shore Alliance Church, 201 East 23rd Street, 12/8/13.

North Shore Alliance Church

Additional Worship Spaces

1980-Lion's Gate Hospital Chapel, 231 East 15th Street, 6/23/13.

Lion's Gate Hospital Chapel

2000-St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel, 541 West Keith Road, 6/9/13.

Convent Chapel

2014-Westside Church-333 Brooksbank Ave./Cineplex Odeon Theater. 

333 Brooksbank Ave. (rental)

Note: For more information on the City of North Vancouver, B.C. Canada see

*Blog Post updated in May of 2015.


God, be with the persecuted Christians through out the world. Amen (SW.