Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Thematic Photographic 193: Faith

This Thematic Photographic theme made me head off to the photos of many beautiful European churches, monasteries and cathedrals I've taken over the last few years. But then I looked at the pics from my recent South Island road trip, and decided to post some photos of small-town churches that I had seen:

Anglican church, Arrowtown

Roman Catholic church, Franz Joseph

The Fire Station's right next door

Presbyterian church, Founders' Village, Nelson

Today this church is interdenominational,

and is still used for weddings and christening

To me these tiny wooden churches in small rural towns represent the strngth of the founding spirit, and the sense of community which once prevailed in our society. They may not have the awe and majesty of a great cathedral, but they are pervaded with a sense of peace and continuity - and love.


  1. Thank you. Beauty, peace and compassion are evident in these photos.

  2. Very sweet. That top church looks postcard-perfect. :)

  3. Welcome back! Great set of pictures of beautiful little churches. Nice.

  4. I am so jealous!. Lucky you to get this shot... What a quaint and cute church..

  5. Oh I'm so glad you posted these instead! There's something so welcoming about small town churches, just by the look and feel of them, even before all the people show up! What a lovely trip you had, as these photos have such an enchanting look to them. Absolute style!

  6. I really enjoyed these these photos, especially the first two! Great pictures!

  7. I'm pleased you posted these. It was so interesting seeing the different styles of these small churches, each a gem in its own right.

  8. You've captured their very essence in these pictures. There's strength in that wood, in that smalltown ethic that somehow seems to survive generation after generation. Beyond overt religiosity, there's a certain degree of faith in a community that can sustain itself for so long, and against such odds.

    Love this series!


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