Sunday, July 31, 2016

                                Booklet Vancouver Island Churches

Vancouver Island Churches
B.C. Canada

Cover Photo

This booklet is a compilation of blog posts from "Churches On Sundays" at of churches on Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada.  Our family lived on Vancouver Island for 3 years in the 1970's.  The photos were taken while visiting Vancouver Island in the 2000's.

Title Page

Table of Contents

Map of Vancouver Island Churches

The Booklet "Vancouver Island Churches" has been donated to the Library and Archives Canada, in Ottawa, Canada.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Burnaby Village Church

Burnaby Village Church
Burnaby, B.C. Canada

Plaque on wall of Church Narthex

"In a report to Mayor and Council in January 1972, the Chairman of the Burnaby Centennial '71 Committee (James.A. Barrington) reported on their activities to date. He noted that the committee had been tasked with providing a variety of events, and a permanent commemorative project. He also noted they had sponsored over 20 events and had completed the Heritage Village, “a small town reflecting the early history of British Columbia.” A sub-committee of the Centennial Committee was responsible for a permanent commemorative project. Chair Sandy Stewart worked with Richie Smith and Vic Stusiak to develop the concept of an open-air museum reflective of tram-stop community. The Interurban tram1223 and the Jubilee Station were their starting points. Architect and artist Rudy Kovacs was hired to come up with a design." (Link 1.)

Illustrated Map

Map of Burnaby Village
(See Church Next to Legend Heading)
(Link 1.)

"The museum opened with a blacksmith shop, buggy and bicycle shop, general store, land office, school house, manor house, ice cream parlour, apothecary shop, barber shop, dentist shop, Chinese general imports shop, print shop, and tram in November." (Link 1.)

Church Interior
(Link 1.)

"Nestled within our beautiful 1920s village and surrounded by gardens, the church is perfect for an intimate wedding, memorial or baptism. Hardwood floors, upright piano, traditional stained glass windows and 14 authentic wooden pews are just a few of the special features awaiting you in this quaint 80 person venue.
"Following your service, beautiful gardens and heritage buildings await, providing the perfect backdrop for your photos. During our open season, your guests are invited to tour the site where costumed townsfolk welcome visitors into their picturesque shops and homes. During our Special Event weekends, the village site may be altered or additional programming may take place within the vicinity of the Church...Capacity 84." (Link 1.)
Church Sanctuary

Window Above Altar


Narthex Table

Photos: Taken in May 2016 by SW during Brooksbank Elementary School, North Vancouver, B.C, field trip with her granddaughter's 3rd grade class.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Thiersteinerallee 51

Basel, Switzerland

"The Heiliggeistkirche is a Built in 1912, Roman Catholic Church in the Swiss city of Basel . It is located in the district Gundeldingen and the Holy Spirit ordained.
"The church, together with the outbuildings a Baublockecke the street grid of the neighborhood . A church- rectory lying arched portico leads into a large courtyard .

"1897 acquired the Roman Catholic Church land at today Thier steinerallee. 1907 architect was Gustav Doppler commissioned to build the church. The original plans were in the following years from Freiburg diocesan builder Max Meckel slightly amended before 1911, the groundbreaking ceremony took place. On 26 October 1912, finally the Holy Spirit Church of was Bishop Jakob Stammler inaugurated, where 600 young people the confirmation received.

"The church is in spätneugotischen style of South German origin as three-aisled  basilica with lateral front tower designed.
"Inside the church has a neo-Gothic features with three from Freiburg Joseph Dettlinger carved winged altars , floral stained glass , murals with the Stations of the Cross , church benches and confessionals .
"The cellular vaulting is typical of pre-Reformation urban parishes in southern Germany. The designs for the architectural sculpture came from both Freiburgs culptors Ludwig Kubanek and his colleague Hans Weißenburger. The painting got Franz Schilling , who also came from Freiburg.

View of the Organ
 (Link 1.)

"The organ was founded in 1921 by the company Späth Orgelbau ( Rapperswil built).The instrument was predisposed romantic. 1982-1984, the instrument has been extensively renovated, while the interim changes undone. The instrument has now again 41 registers on three manuals and pedal." (Link 1.)

"The Heiligekirche has a huge white ceiling with arched sides. There are wooden benches for the congregation, marble and wood floors.

"Behind the main and side altars, there are gold figurines encased in a box that can be closed off. I really like the multiple arched white ceilings." (Link 2.)


Photo: Taken by RW with i Phone while living and working in 
               Basel, Switzerland.
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God, be with persecuted Christians throughout the world. Amen (SW.)

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Zürcherstrasse 61 

Evangelical Reform Church, Uitikon
Basel, Switzerland

"Uitikon lies on the northern end of the Albis hills that include the Üetliberg mountain and form the western bound of the city of Zürich.... The municipality is some 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) west of, and 150 metres (490 ft) higher than, Zürich city centre, and straddles the main road west from Zürich toBirmensdorf. The village of Uitikon lies to the north of the road, 
"Uitikon has an area of 4.4 km2 (1.7 sq mi)...Uitikon has a population (as of 31 December 2012) of 3,944."  As of 2008 there were 1055 Catholics and 1607 Protestants in Uitikon." (Link 1.)

                                                       1874  (Link 2.)

"The Swiss Reformed Church  refers to the Reformed branch of Protestantism in Switzerland started in Zürich... by Huldrych Zwingli and spread within a few years to Basel,...  Bern... Haller and Niklaus St. Gallen,... to cities in southern Germany and via.... to France.
"Since 1920, the Swiss Reformed Churches have been organized in 26 member churches of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches. According to a 2012 Swiss census, 26.9% of Swiss population were reported as registered members of a Reformed cantonal church.
"The Reformation spread primarily in the cities of Switzerland, which was then composed of loosely connected cantons

"A distinctive feature of the Swiss Reformed churches in the Zwinglian tradition is their historically almost symbiotic link to the state..." (Link 3.)

                                                Rebuilding Steeple 1961 (Link 2.)

                                                         Sanctuary 1961 (Link 2.)

Pulpit (Link 2.)

Top Photo: Taken by RW with i Phone while living and working in Basel, 
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God, be with persecuted Christians throughout the world. Amen (SW.)

Sunday, July 3, 2016


Sant'Alessandro Church
Lasnigo, Lombardy, Italy

           Sant'Alessanodro on peninsula 
        between Como and Lecco  (Link 1.)

"On the road that goes to Bellagio, outside the village of Lasnigo, stands the Romanesque church devoted to S. Alessandro, that you can reach following a way flanked by the little chapels of the Via Crucis. The church was built in the XII century and partially rebuilt in 1400. Interesting are the Romanesque bell-tower and the inside frescoes by Gerolamo Gorla and Andrea De Passeri dating back to the XVI and XVII centuries." (Link 1.)

ITALIA - Lasnigo (CO). Chiesa di Sant'Alessandro; XII secolo.  -   Saint Alexander Church, XII Century.
              Memorials  in front of Sant'Agostino (Link 2.)

  • "Sant'Agostino, built by the Cistercians in the early 14th century, heavily renovated in the 20th. The interior and adjoining cloister have 15th–17th century frescoes, but most of the decoration is Baroque." (Link 3.)                                                                                    
                                                         Road to Sant' Allesandro                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Top and Bottom Photos: Taken on Easter Sunday 2016 by RW while living      and working in Basel Switzerland.
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God, be with persecuted Christians throughout the world. Amen (SW.)