Upper Room Chapel

Close to where my daughter goes to lyra there is a beautiful chapel that I have driven past for years. I have never stopped because I don’t like to go places I have never been before… anxiety. BUT I have been pushing myself lately to get out there, go new places and take pictures of my adventures.

So last week the kids and I finally went to the chapel and walked around, and it was beautiful. I wish I was a better photographer because my pictures do not do it justice.

It apparently was closed for a while and was reopened back in 2010 and is now a functioning church.

The Upper Chapel Room is a replica of the Upper Chapel in Jerusalem and the location of the chapel here has a “Walk of Faith” around their grounds that are plates that quote different verses from the Bible.

There are several plates all around with verses on them. They were very enjoyable to read while walking and snapping pictures.

I don’t know this scene. I am not sure what his happening. I am assuming that is Jesus with the crown of thorns.

I will definitely be returning to the chapel for some peace and quiet and enjoy the Walk of Faith. Like I said, I wish I was a better photographer because there is so much beauty to capture; the shade made it difficult to photograph.

Beauty Of Sanctuary

I am a Christian, but my path to God has been anything but straight. I have struggled with my faith my entire life.

BUT….

This isn’t a story of my faith. I was on a trip to the beach and I realized that churches look SO DIFFERENT. On one strip of highway there were 7 different churches within a few miles Some are beautiful, glorious buildings with ornate windows and biblical symbols. Some churches look like look storage buildings.

I want to document the different churches that I come across, their history and take pictures of their individual traits.

Though I firmly believe the beauty of a church is truly found in the hearts of the congregation, I like exploring the aesthetically pleasing architecture of the outside (and inside if I am lucky).

I’m starting with The Church of God, which we attended for one of our Christmas Eve services.

The congregation actually started coming together before a church officially stood but they consider their first Church of God sermon to be in September 1931 and the chapel was finished in 1948. They are part of the larger Church of God family that first came to my state in 1914. Church of God was started in Tennessee in 1886.

I will share at least one church a month, it helps me get out and explore the area, but also I like finding out about the history of the buildings that are so special to so many.

Though I am personally Christian, I will be looking to capture mosques, synagogues and other places of religious practice, as well. I hope you enjoy.