Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Three Churches

In keeping with yesterday's theme, here are three more churches. Glebe-St. James United Church can be found in the Glebe. A Presbyterian congregation was organized in the late 19th century here in the Glebe as an off shoot of St. Andrew's downtown, with a building first being erected at this site in the early 20th century. St. James United later joined with this congregation. It looks quite striking on a snowy day. I liked the spirit catcher placed along one of the walls. 

This church is downtown. It's a Catholic church with an older history that more recently has served a Korean speaking parish. 

Nearby is Centretown United Church, a creation that came out of the formation of the United Church of Canada. 


  1. I love this series, William, thank you so much for sharing. If you continue this series I would like to see the Church of Christ on Chomley, if you can. :)

  2. I like the spirit catcher, too. I've never seen a spirit catcher sculpture before!


  3. They look nice in the snow. I have never heard of a spirit catcher, interesting!

  4. Fotografias espectaculares onde se nota o efeito do Inverno.
    Um abraço e continuação de boa semana.

  5. You do have some impressive religious structures. I wonder how Christianity is faring in Canada these days. Our major mainline groups are in decline, but the independent, fundamentalist groups which promise a good time here on earth and in heaven are going strong.

  6. Some signs of winter are creeping into your photos!

  7. love them with snowy times, very mysterious looking. you find that often in your neck of the woods it seems. enjoyable views. ( :

  8. I certainly like the older churches. Maybe 50 years from now I'll like today's modern churches!!! Now the towers or spires osr steeples. The last church has a tower that is flat on top. the other churches have a pointed steeple. What does it mean?

  9. @Linda: I looked that up- it's out in Gloucester. I'll keep it in mind for some point down the line.

    @Janis: I was surprised to see it, but I suspect it's a nod towards First Nations people, perhaps some of the congregants. The churches and our First Nations people have not always had a good history, and some churches do seek to make up for that.

    @Marleen: I'm familiar with them.

    @Francisco: thank you!

    @Lowell: I guess it depends on the church denomination, but you see less of fundamentalism here, which is a good thing.

    @Sharon: yes- the first church I photographed after a snowfall, while the other pair were on a day after we'd lost most of the snow from that system, but the snow has been quite replenished since then.

    @Beth: gloomy conditions seem to happen here.

    @Red: in this case, differences of architectural style. I like each in turn.

  10. Goodness you have many wonderful old churches in Ottawa William and don't they look incredible in the wintery weather! I do love Perth's mild winters but I do long for snow.. now and then 😊

  11. Those are some fine looking churches. I've never seen a spirit catcher sculpture either. I seen them as art but on a much smaller scale. I also like the outside light on the brick wall of the church, it's very attractive.
    Once again some nice photos William. Enjoy the day!

  12. Good looking churches---I like the older style because they look like my idea of church.

  13. There is a lot of variety in different churches. Good study, William.

  14. I love seeing all of the beautiful churches in Ottawa.

  15. @Grace: one can never have too much snow.

    @Bill: usually they hang, and you can hold them in a hand.

    @Bill: I certainly think so.

    @MB: they are my idea of a church too. A lot of the modern styles particularly in the last fifteen years look less and less like one.

    @Catalyst: thank you!

    @Whisk: I'm always on the lookout for new ideas. I made contact today with an organization here that I'll be covering during their event during Winterlude. I'm looking forward to that.

    @RedPat: I do as well.

    @Norma: we do have a lot of them.

  16. I like the look of Glebe-St. James United Church in the snow.
    The last church could have been acastle, I think.

  17. The sight of all that snow gave me the chills. Brr!

  18. I love looking at old church buildings.

  19. Nice shots of the churches. I love the first one with the snow on the roof, it really shows off the peaks and angles. I've been reading back and enjoyed your posts on the Laurier House. I visited that house years ago when my brother in law was posted to Ottawa. Such a beautiful house with lots of wood trim, and you're right about all the interesting mementos within. I love how the house has been preserved.
    PS great header photo!

  20. All three of these churches are very interesting but Glebe-St. James looks especially nice with the fresh snow. And I like the look of the spirit catcher (which is called "dream catcher" in the U.S. Southwest).
    Enjoying the snow?

  21. Wonderful old churches, William !

  22. @Jan: it does have that look.

    @Revrunner: but snow is good!

    @Mari: so do I.

    @Wendy: I love it too.

    @Kay: one can never have too much snow. :)

    @Cloudia: yes they do.

    @Karl: that they are.