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 (//; 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.)
(Steeple has structure to hold lights for Christmas star.)
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.
for information and identification of the banners.
Photos: Taken in December 2012 by SW.
Link 1: http://www.stjohnsquamish.ca/centennial-2013/history
Link 2: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squamish
Link 3: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squamish,_British_Columbia