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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sundays in My Neck of the Woods

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Church attendance is on the decline in this country;  according to a Gallup study, Mississippi has the highest percentage of residents who attend weekly or nearly every week at 63%.  Vermont has the lowest attendance percentage at 23%.  Maine is not far behind Vermont at 27%.  The national average is somewhere around 42%.
Nationally, the number of churchgoers over all has been declining according to Religious Tolerance.org, with the exception of the Wiccan religion which seems to be doubling it's numbers every 30 months.

I only provide the information above as background for the following:

These properties are for sale:

St. Patrick's Church in Lewiston, Maine.....List price $499,000




St. Joseph's Church in Lewiston, Maine.......List price  $425,000.
And this Church and School Facility in Ellsworth, Maine......List price $2,800,000.

There's something sad about these beautiful old buidings having outlived their original  purposes.  And I'm sure there are many more, across the state and across the country.  It's like an era is passing.  I'm not saying everyone needs to rush back to church; I'm no longer a church goer.  And like many, it doesn't mean I'm not religious or spiritual in my way.  I believe and I pray, I just don't feel the need of the brick and mortar structures and the rites and rituals to expresss my beliefs.

Blessing to you all.

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26 comments:

Joanna Jenkins said...

That is really sad-- churches for sale. I wonder who buys them and for what use. I guess it's a sign of the times.

Happy weekend,
jj

injaynesworld said...

I just love historical buildings of all kinds and always hope someone will rescue, restore and love them. I'm not a church goer either. I just believe that God is everywhere and we worship Him, not by a Sunday church visit, but by how we conduct our daily lives.

Janiece said...

I enjoy going to church...there is a peace and friendship that I can not find outside those walls.

I was sad to see so many buildings for sale...I hope they are used wisely.

Brian Miller said...

actualy the statistics are even more startling when you break it down by age group. the younger generations are leaving at suh an advanced rate...

perhaps they have taked the love to the streets...one can only hope.

My name is PJ. said...

It's heartbreaking when churches are for sale, particularly if they're sitting empty and falling into any kind of disrepair.

I would absolutely LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE to buy a church and live in it.

I'm with Jayne though - I don't think we have to go to a special place to commune with God.

Nikki said...

Just stopping by from SITS!
I like going to church. I've been attending the same one since I was a kid. It's a small church so the people there are more like extended family.
And that church is beautiful...there are some churches like that in Jackson,MS...

From the Kitchen said...

I don't feel the need for "brick and mortar" either. God is all around me. I do, sometimes, miss the fellowship. I recall almost these same statistics about a decade ago. Then I think people, especially the young, went back to church. I don't have statistics but maybe it's cyclical?????

Now I'm going out into my garden where God surely is enjoying his handiwork!

Best,
Bonnie

Aging Mommy said...

Interesting post - I am English and can tell you that church attendance there started declining much sooner that here and many many parishes had to be combined with one vicar serving multiple villages and towns and the numbers keep on declining. So we were amazed when we moved here to the US at just how many people do go to church and just how huge some of the churches are, accommodating thousands of people.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today, I appreciate the visit and the comments.

R.J. said...

A church in my area was purchased by a furniture store and it has been open for many years. It is beautiful inside and maybe it helps sell furniture. I enjoy the furniture I have bought there, but I don't attend churches for services. I don't require mortar and bricks establishments for my values and beliefs. On Sunday mornings, I enjoy my computer activities while running CBS News Sunday Morning magazine type program.

Julie said...

THanks for that information, Eva. I am not a church-goer either and I dont mind what old churches are used for, but would prefer that they dont simply get knocked down. I do not know what the equivalent statistics are for church attendance here in Australia but I suspect they are lower than in the USA.

Steven Anthony said...

Oh how I adore old churches...these are truly wonderful, thanx for sharing them and the info;)

DJan said...

I would think that going to church would help some people. I used to go, but since moving here to Bellingham, I've not found a church that I feel moved to join. But maybe I will, I enjoy the social aspects very much.

Kristy said...

I think the best kind of church services are outside! Old churches are beautiful though, there is something about them. Thanks for stopping by my site!

MACsWIFERia said...

churches are beautiful each one has its own feel to it. thanks for sharing . i dont actively attend a church(im not religious) but i love to photograph them.
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Bossy Betty said...

Oh, I agree it is sad to have these properties up for sale! They are beautiful!

Alyssa said...

I love Mami's Sunday posts. I always feel like I'm right there...and it's beautiful.

So glad you decided to join in. What a shame those beautiful buildings are for sale.

Writing Without Periods! said...

It is sad...churches for sale...maybe society will turn around again and attend church more.
Mary

Kirby3131 said...

Oh goodness, how I'd love to own a church and live in it :) Thanks so much for the tour.

I don't go to church either, but I have to admit that I'm not even a teeeny bit close to joining the wiccan way either.

Kristin - The Goat

lakeviewer said...

This is news to me! It's sad all the way, people not interested in religion, churches too empty to stay solvent. They are probably the oldest buildings in their towns too.

Candice said...

Wow, you don't see that here in Texas. There is a church on every street corner. Sometimes you even see old buildings converted into churches.

Nothing like praising him in an old Burger King. . .

Eva Gallant said...

Steven: They are beautiful...I need to post more photos. We have many beautiful churches in this area.

Julie: I'm not sure about Australia, the statistics for Great Britain are less than 13% attend services regularly.

Nikki: The figures I looked at did show the southern part of the US having more church goers.

Jayne: There are people who attend church every Sunday and then are horrible people the rest of the week!

Canadian Blend said...

It's sad to see churches up for sale -- especially buildings like the first two. I wonder what it cost to heat something like those.

Robynn's Ravings said...

I'm with you, Eva. I do go to church - in an old and poor neighborhood - and boy would I love to buy one of those churches and transplant it here. JUST GORGEOUS!

Happy Gramma said...

I think it is sad only because it shows such a lackness in our society. Than goodness you can worship and praise God anywhere.

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Eva Gallant said...

Robynn: It's a shame it's not possible to relocate those huge, beautiful old buildings. They are in sad need of a congregation!

Happy: Yes, thank goodness that is true.

Unknown Mami said...

Those churches are cheaper than the homes that are for sale in my area.