North Vancouver, B.C. Canada
Capilano United Church is nestled near the northern border of Pemberton Heights, the high residential bluff in the south western section of the District of North Vancouver. North of the church is the Upper Levels Highway, the homes in Capilano Highlands, and then the peaks of Grouse Mountain.
In the sanctuary, the cross below the round stained glass window and the baptismal font were both made by Joe Lightheart, an early member of the congregation. He cut the inlay pieces for the cross with an old Singer treadle sewing machine with needle replaced by a saw blade. The communion table was a donation from a different congregant. (REF.)
The round stained glass window is also a cross. It was designed in the 1990's by congregation member Doug Bentley. Its symbolism also includes references to the North Shore mountains and trees. (REF.) The colors pink, yellow, blue and green echo those on the top sections of the side windows. the original round window also included these colors, but was made up of eight pie shaped pieces.
All the triple side windows include the pink, green, yellow, and blue colors along the square panels of the top frame. However, the square panels of the bottom frames are different on the north and south sides of the sanctuary. The south facing windows are opaque to diffuse the sunlight. (REF.) The north facing windows are clear allowing the congregation to be inspired by the trees and mountain view.
Reference: E mails from Board Chair Sandi McIntosh Kocaba with references
from her mother Gerry McIntosh and her mother's "little church
Photos: Taken in 2013 by SW. Link 1: http://www.capilanounited.ca/
Link 1: http://memorybc.ca/capilano-united-church-north-vancouver-b-c-fonds;rad
Note: Spring 2015 the church was bought by North Vancouver District and will
be used as a Community Center.