Kelowna church to crack open mystery time capsule

The contents of a mysterious metal box discovered in the cornerstone of a Kelowna church will be revealed to the community by month's end.

The contents of a mysterious metal box discovered in the cornerstone of a Kelowna church will be revealed to the community by month’s end.

The time capsule found when St. Paul’s United Church was demolished last November will be opened at March 24 at 10 a.m. before members of the St. Paul’s congregation, local United Churches, city council and a representative from the Kelowna Museum who will oversee the opening of the time capsule.

The brown metal box that’s about one foot by one foot in size was soldered shut and put behind the cornerstone of the church when it was built in 1957. It was removed when the demolition process got underway.

“We had decided to take lot the cornerstone ahead of time to have it ready for when we had out big breaking brick ceremony,” said Shawna Banman, the church’s office administrator, last December.

“When they pulled the cornerstone out they found it in the back.”

The discovery was a surprise to everyone closest to the church.

“Even our longest term members don’t know anything about it,” she said.

The church was demolished to make way for the Santuary project, which will rise on a 1.6. acre property that fronts on to both Lakeshore and KLO Roads. The redevelopment is intended to capitalize ton that location with a project that incorporates commerce, culture and faith.

St. Paul’s website for the Santuary project says it will see the church transformed into a cultural hub, similar to the downtown’s Rotary Centre for the Arts

The redevelopment will include a new worship centre for St. Paul’s  with a 240-seat theatre, rooftop chapel, meeting rooms and a commercial kitchen available for rent, public space for performances by musicians and an artists’ gallery.

There will also be space for retail and private residences.