poetry and prose about place

writing a novel – another look at old churches

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As I write my novel, I am amazed at how many instances of abandoned churches I have encountered in my life.  I have come to think that I live at a time that will be remembered for a great turnover in our churches.  With the need for energy efficiency and financial stability, congregations are actively seeking the ideal ‘place’.

I understand why this should be so.  But I still love the idealized rural church of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Earlier this month, we took a drive to Saint Martins.  Near Garnett Settlement, we saw yet another re-purposed church.

old church near Garnett Settlement

This one was abandoned a few years ago, after there were only four parishioners to keep it going.  It was sold and has been turned into a country treasures gift store called the ‘Old Fangled Steeple’.

windows in old church near Garnett Settlement

The church still has almost all of its stained glass windows intact.



window - 'Jesus teaching by the sea'


For some beautiful images of abandoned churches, have a look at:

For a rather sad tour of the inside of some abandoned churches, see:


Copyright  Jane Tims  2012


Written by jane tims

December 21, 2012 at 7:29 am

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  1. I noticed while traveling around New Brunswick, PEI, and Nova Scotia that there were a lot of repurposed churches. It made me wonder how many there might be in my own area that I might not have noticed. I know that some of the big cathedrals up in Cleveland (an hour north of where I live) have been closed, but not sure they have been repurposed yet.

    Please excuse me for being so far behind, Jane. I was going to start fresh today, but I’m so fascinated with your process that I don’t want to miss anything. 🙂



    January 1, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    • Hi Robin. I appreciate the careful read. I have been surprised at how many churches I know that have been re-purposed. Almost everyone I talk to has a few examples to give me. Jane


      jane tims

      January 1, 2013 at 8:07 pm

  2. I also feel a certain sadness when I see abandoned churches–but am at the same time am often fascinated by their peaceful settings and haunting beauty. Thanks for the link to the pininterest site. I enjoyed look at the pictures on it.



    December 22, 2012 at 10:06 am

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