Personal confession: I fit most comfortably in the “spiritual but not religious” persuasion, and especially value the sense of human connectedness and community that touches all of us, which spiritual and religious traditions tend to foster. With that in mind, I thought this post would be fitting for a Sunday.
About a year ago I posted some photos I snapped one late-Spring afternoon of a well-weathered but cozy church picturesquely situated on the Bay of Fundy in the rural community of St. Croix Cove, N.S. As a modest amateur photographer I was happy to see the photos used a few months later to promote a chapel choir concert by Acadia University. Now these images have been put to an even more appropriate use to assist with a just-launched GoFundMe campaign to restore this almost 175-year old structure.
Darla Mitchell, who grew up in the St. Croix Cove area and is one of the organizers of the restoration effort, notes on the GoFundMe site:
“Many people have come to love this little church and the surrounding communities. Countless photographers have admired its simple sturdy lines, people share memories of first communions and every Christmas multiple generations return to fill the church to sing carols, hear the Christmas story and continue the traditions of our grandparents and great grandparents. Most importantly, gathering in fellowship with each other. “
The historic St. Croix Cove Church
The church is older than Canada Brett! ❤
Diana, I had not considered that — a terrific observation! 🙂 Best, Brett
I really like the leaded glass windows. Your views on religion and community echo my thoughts too.
Thank you again. If I was physically able. I might spend the rest of my days visiting old churches and old barns, they both played a huge role in forming mankind as we know it.
Great photos. 🙂
Thanks, Lynette! 🙂
Lovely. A sacred place.
Great old church and post !!!!!!!!!
I blog about rural Maine and my old church where we just celebrated our 60th wedding anniversary. Also about Alberta where my mother’s family settled as Ukrainian homesteaders—and must not leave out Seattle where my Danish immigrant father built a vast contracting empire. Thanks for the like.
I love seeing projects such as these saving history!!
Me too! 🙂
I love your photography in your posts!
On Christmas eve, they hold a candle light service with signing. It’s lovely. I went there the past couple of years for it and it’s a great way to spend Christmas eve with friends, family and community.
Singing, not signing. :0)