New Jersey Churchscape
August 15, 2003 8:51 AM   Subscribe

The New Jersey Churchscape. Quite fascinating. Photos, too.
posted by plep (7 comments total)
posted by 111 at 9:18 AM on August 15, 2003

Although I'm sure it's no longer in use, this one is quite lovely.
posted by jonson at 9:33 AM on August 15, 2003

excellent. i may have to check some of these out for myself.
posted by goddam at 9:41 AM on August 15, 2003

How lovely. I am regularly contracted by churches of various denominations for music services and really enjoy the ones with historic architecture... despite usually having no place to sit, warmup, park, etc. Alas, most of my gigs are in places like this (a lot of Catholic churches, at least in FL, are in this style). Blah.
posted by Sangre Azul at 10:45 AM on August 15, 2003

I just nominated a NJ church for their 'endangered churches' recognition: Mt. Bethel Methodist in Mt. Bethel, Warren County (between Hackettstown and Washington). It was one of the first Methodist churches in the US, founded by Bishop Asbury himself. The United Methodist Church closed it down in about 1994 and was trying to sell the property.

My wife served as pastor for McCrea Memorial UMC in nearby Port Murray shortly after Mt. Bethel Church was closed down; we had the one or two remaining Mt. Bethel parishoners attending services with us. Before Mt. Bethel was closed, the same pastor traditionally served both congregations.

By the way, NJ is chock full of Methodist churches, since Asbury's circuit went throughout NJ. They say there's a Methodist church in every location his horse stopped to piss.
posted by tippiedog at 11:48 AM on August 15, 2003

Absolutely lovely.

Shame that the pressures of growth in my church (we build almost two new chapels a day) have resulted in a cookie-cutter, utilitarian approach to our modern chapels (resulting in buildings that look a lot like very large ranch-style homes).

Of course, the phenomenon is not limited to my own faith... churches across the US are turning to what I can only describe as warehouse architecture. Ugh.

I miss chapels that looked like they grew from the soil they stand upon... or at the very least from somewhere in the hearts of the congregation.

Thanks for the link!
posted by silusGROK at 11:58 AM on August 15, 2003

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