Local Heart, Global Soul

March 20, 2019

Giving Former Churches A New Lease Of Life…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

It’s a sad fact that many Christian churches are closing.

Less people have faith, and a lot of people (like me) who do, do not attend church very often.

For me personally, it is more important to be actively helping people around me than sitting in church listening to sermons.

I rate faith by why you do in life and not how many bible verses I’ve memorised.

It’s very much a personal thing and I do not mean in any way wish to belittle or diminish people who do attend church and listen to sermons.  It’s just that after many years of doing so, I find that it doesn’t work for me.

Himself and I try to be actively helping people around us, they are not family in the usual sense, but in a way are “family” to us.

I won’t go into detail here because these are human beings and not “projects” of any kind. It’s also not something to brag about, the best thing about giving in an unseen manner is the sheer pleasure it gives us, knowing we make a difference in peoples lives no matter how small. We would like it to be more of course but resources of time, money and health are finite.

It’s not always about how much you do, it’s the fact that you “do” something at all. This is my faith worked out in a practical manner and it works for me. I live by the words “To whom much is given, much is required”.

Churches, in the brick and mortar sense, have sadly become less and less wanted in society today. Some get demolished, others get repurposed. This former church in The Hague is one such that has been repurposed: and the high walls, with the ceiling far above, standard features in most churches, have special importance in how this church has been given a new lease of life.  First let’s take a look at the outside… the architectural detail is still beautiful.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

2 Comments »

  1. I am not religious at all. But I think it must be very nice to have a faith and truly believe in something.
    I believe in treating others as you would hope to be treated yourself. Of judging other people only by their own chosen behaviour. And of celebrating our differences. Because our differences make us interesting in my opinion.
    I love churches. There’s something pretty awe-inspiring about them.

    Comment by sarsm — March 20, 2019 @ 11:18 am | Reply

  2. Sarsm,
    I like your beliefs a LOT.. they are very Christian at heart, (also many other faiths follow the same principle too). You hit the nail on the head:It’s a matter of, accepting others and valuing differences. I could only wish that everyone in the world tried to live it like you and I try to.

    Many churches were built in eras where faith was a social given, older churches were built as a tribute to God and everything celebrated as God given, now days the value seems to have shifted to everything man-made and I am not sure if that’s entirely a good thing or not. reminds me of the saying “The fool thinks himself to be wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool. ‘.

    Comment by kiwidutch — March 26, 2019 @ 6:42 pm | Reply


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