Friday, August 29, 2014

Outside And Within A Fieldstone Church

During Doors Open, I took shots at Southminster United Church, which is a favourite photographic subject for me. I think it's the fieldstone of the structure that appeals to me. The first post is here. I found extra shots from that day of the church among my folders.

The church was my first stop that weekend. The sanctuary was quiet at that point in time, but there were people inside. I enjoyed the way the light comes into the sanctuary.

In the first post I had a photograph from the church's Second World War memorial plaque. It's fitting in this centennial year of the beginning of the First World War to include this memorial plaque from one of the congregations that united into Southminster between the war. Both covering the names of those who served and who gave their lives, it is a testament that so many young men of that congregation gave their youth in places far from home. 

A reminder to members of City Daily Photo: the theme for the first of September is Rust And Ruin.


  1. Nice church and memorial at the end. Rust & ruin, got a few of those somewhere.

  2. Space, stone and light together again! Great

    ALOHA from Honolulu
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  3. I'm with Bill on this. The church look a LITTLE like a school?

  4. What a treat to see the inside, too. Love the cars in the first photo. Thirty years from now, they will help date the photo!

  5. Beautiful old church . Hey in the first photo I spot a vintage Chevrolet truck blue one I like vintage trucks hehe ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

  6. That is a beautiful looks tranquil.
    Jane x

  7. Even though I'm not particularly religious I really enjoy visiting churches, Southminster is lovely Wiiliam, beautiful organ, window and arches.

  8. @Bill: I'm going more with ruin, though I'm sure there's rust in there somewhere.

    @Cloudia: thank you.

    @Mike: I hadn't thought of it like that!

    @Revrunner: I thought it appropriate to post that plaque.

    @Greensboro: yes they will!

    @Country Gal: I've got family memebers who like those too.

    @Jane and Chris: it does have that feel.

    @Grace: it's serene inside.

    @Tanya: I think so too.

  9. I agree. A fine reminder to be noted.

  10. A gorgeous building. Reminds me of the church in which Lois Anne and I were married so many years ago.

  11. Beautiful church. I love that stone too!

  12. I love photographing churches, attending them - not so much!

  13. I like everything, but my favorite is that lovely historical plaque!

  14. I can see why you like it. It is a beautiful building.

  15. @Birdman: I suspect over the next four years, anniversaries of those years will carry a special significance.

    @Lowell: it reminds me of one that a branch of my family has gone to.

    @Sharon: old stone has a lot of character for buildings.

    @Jennifer: they make for good photographic opportunities.

    @Tex: I certainly think so.

    @Luis: thanks!

    @VP: I'm glad that I held onto it.

    @Judy: it certainly is.

    @Cheryl: thanks!

  16. Beautiful church, and I love the angle in your first photo.

  17. It's a lovely church and the plaque is beautiful!

    Ruins = big rproblem in V.

  18. That's a fine church! Rust & ruin is a bit of a challenge - renovation would easier around here.

  19. That's a beautiful church. It seems to be bigger inside than outside.

  20. Lovely church. We will bring our German friends to Ottawa a week from Tuesday; have a great meal : ); spend the night; visit Tom Thompson at the art museum; and scoot home in time to free Brenner from boarding. Friends will fly home later in the week. All this on the heels of the aforementioned week at Oxtongue Lake and Algonquin. Mizzy Lake is high on the list! Enjoy your weekend.

  21. I like the stonework. The interior is quite grand.

  22. Lovely interior. It's sad how many Canadians served in the First World War and did not return home.

  23. @Linda: thanks!

    @Ciel: it could be a big problem for there!

    @RedPat: I went with one, but part of me thought of another, which is a lot further along in the ruin category.

    @Jan: I imagine it's all the light that gets in.

    @Norma: so do I.

    @Merry: have fun!

    @Linda: it does have that effect.

    @EG: looking at that plaque, there are family names that are uncommon, so you know they had to have been family. Every family was affected by it.

  24. Looks like quite a relaxing and peaceful spot!

  25. A beautiful church, the exterior aswell the interior.

  26. Thank you for posting the pictures of such a beautiful church. So many young men have given their lives for the wars over the years.