A reminder to members of City Daily Photo: the theme day for the first of July is Spirit.
One of my stops during the Doors Open weekend was First Baptist Church, which stands downtown at Laurier and Elgin, across from the city hall complex to the east, and the Lord Elgin Hotel to the north. The congregation was founded in 1857 as the first Baptist church in the city. The cornerstone of the current building, finished in 1878, was laid by Alexander Mackenzie, our second prime minister. Mackenzie worshiped here while in Ottawa.
The sanctuary is peaceful and quiet, even with two of our busiest streets right outside.
This view from the front of the sanctuary looks back towards the organ loft. The stained glass window up there has an Ottawa Valley theme, with Christ flanked by a lumberman and a riverman at either side. This time I didn't go up for a closer look at the stained glass, but I've seen it from the loft before.
This cornerstone, placed within the sanctuary, comes from the previous location.
After Mackenzie laid the cornerstone of the church, the congregation presented him with a ceremonial silver trowel. Many years later, Mackenzie's grandson gave it back to the church, and it is in a display case in the sanctuary today.
The stained glass along the sides of the sanctuary tends to be simpler than the organ loft windows, but the simplicity has its own appeal
Coming back to the entrance, I paused to photograph this wall hanging above the stairs.
Then I photographed the stained glass over the front doors.