Thursday Doors

If you watch HGTV, you’ve probably heard the term ‘little house.’ Well, I’ve got a little church for you this week.

The Travelers Chapel in Conway, SC, was built in 1972 by Rev. Emory Young, his son, Bruce Young, together with many volunteers from the community. It was financed by Dr. Gaylord Kelly, local businesses and churches, along with many individual donations.

It measures 12′ x 24′, and seats a maximum of 12.

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Stopping at the Travelers Chapel is a wonderful opportunity to pause and reflect even for a few moments.Β  This little church with its six pews and beautiful pastel stained glass windows is lovely.

Center stage on the altar is a book where visitors can write prayers or best wishes for safe travels for those coming after them. How nice is that?

The door to The Travelers Chapel is always open. For those with small wedding parties, weddings are free. Donations, however, are gratefully accepted towards the upkeep of the church.

Looking to see a little church for yourself, check the extensive list on Roadside America, where they think the tiniest might be in Oneida, New York.

It was built in 1989, measures 51″ x 81″, seats two, and sits in the middle of a pond. The description of this tiny church just makes me smile.

If you’ve seen any tiny churches for yourself, by all means, let us know, and happy Thursday, this last one of January 2018.

Linked to Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors, January 25, 2018

About Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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56 Responses to Thursday Doors

  1. I love this! It reminds me of the Smallest Church in America in Darien, Georgia. Somehow Roadside America doesn’t have it in their list of tiny churches. I posted pictures of it in my post https://wanderingdawgs.com/2016/04/25/nesting-birds-at-harris-neck-national-wildlife-refuge/

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  2. Dan Antion says:

    I love little roadside chapels, Judy and this is a fine example. Small, but complete! It appears to be well maintained and I really like that there’s even a stained glass window. Great find!

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  3. KerryCan says:

    I’m not religious but this sort of small, homely retreat appeals to me. And what a great door! And the stained glass windows add an unexpected touch, too. Lovely!

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    • Joanne Sisco says:

      That’s my reaction too.

      This is what a place of worship should be – modest, warm, and welcoming. I particularly like the part that it’s always open with a book to allow messages for other travellers πŸ’•

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  4. Norm 2.0 says:

    Awesome find Judy. It reminds me of the ones I saw on Ile D’Orleans near Quebec City last summer, but I think yours is even smaller.
    I’d love to visit and photograph that one in the middle of the pond…perhaps one day.
    Great post πŸ™‚

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  5. Sandra says:

    this is absolutely amazing, loved the slide show and what a perfect place for a very small wedding.. or to sit and pray. i had not idea tiny churches even exist. i am off to check out the link you provided

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  6. Murphy's Law says:

    What a great find! It’s like a perfect dollhouse church. Stained glass window is the icing on the cake. Looks to be in perfect condition, so I’m assuming visitors are being generous with their donations. Good for them! *Ginger*

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  7. pastpeter says:

    Thanks, Judy, that’s a lovely little church!

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  8. joyroses13 says:

    Oh I love this! Thanks so much for sharing it. I have to share this with my parents, I know they will enjoy it. My Dad has been a Pastor at many small churches, but none this small! πŸ™‚

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  9. I love it as much as the others! What a great idea for travelers as well as locals.

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  10. Laurie Graves says:

    Yes, a lovely little church. How sweet for a small wedding, and how peaceful for meditation or prayer.

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  11. Cecilia says:

    Wow, this is just wonderful! I love it! Thank you and greetings.

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  12. Joyce says:

    This is the sweetest thing! What a beautiful place to stop for a moment of respite in this crazy, crazy world! The stained glass windows are such a charming finishing touch!

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  13. Suzanne says:

    My Thursday Door was also the entrance to a small church. It now seems quite large in comparison to this tiny treasure. What a perfect find.

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  14. jesh stg says:

    How nice of them to do the weddings for free! And I love the modern design on the stained glass window! A nice stop when the journey is long:)

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  15. Nancy says:

    This is so darling ! It must have been something to sit inside!

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  16. germac4 says:

    I love these small churches! I enjoyed reading your Roadside America link, I think it should be compulsory for all those with road rage to have to take a few deep breathes inside a quiet peaceful little church. They will be on our list if ever we do a trip in the US.

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  17. That is a treasure! It’s charming, and looks well cared for.

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  18. Eliza Waters says:

    How wonderful, such a charming chapel!

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  19. joey says:

    Fabulous find!

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  20. Amy says:

    That chapel is so wonderful! Beautiful find!

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  21. dweezer19 says:

    Now that kind of church appeals to me. I feel inspired to build one in my back yard. 😊

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  22. We have one like that in Amherst that was the first Black church in that region. It is about the same size, but that one is prettier.

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  23. Oddment says:

    Your word “serene” in your comment above says it all. And it’s a word we don’t often encounter. This little church certainly brings it to mind. Thanks for the calm to start my day!

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  24. Annie says:

    This tiny church looks like it was built yesterday. It’s been well cared for 46 years. I wonder more about the background story… the person/s responsible for the little church.

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    • I found a little more info so I’ll update the post, but the Rev. Emory Young and his son, Bruce, Young, together with volunteers constructed the Chapel. It was funded by Dr. Gaylord Kelly, local businesses, churches, and individual donations. We could see quite a few perennials around the front and sides of the church so I would have to assume the garden club takes care of that. Did you see on that link that there is actually one sitting on a rock in North Woodstock. Road trip. πŸ™‚

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  25. I love those tiny churches. Thanks for the link, they’re wonderful little buildings.

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  26. How interesting ! I love how pristine it looks inside. Very inviting as well. It certainly speaks to taking a moment in your life to slow down and stop, look around at the locale and see what makes it so very special.

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  27. I know this is supposed to be about doors, but I really like that window you photographed.

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  28. Candy says:

    Tiny churches, who knew! Great pictures, Judy. I’m going to check the link to see if there are any near me.

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  29. What a dear little church. Wouldn’t it be gorgeous for a small wedding. I’ve written posts about two small churches, although not as tiny as this one. They both have glorious views from the altar though.

    https://theeternaltraveller.wordpress.com/2016/08/07/a-morning-in-port-douglas/

    https://theeternaltraveller.wordpress.com/?s=lake+tekapo

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  30. Lovely find, Judy! What a nice part of our country that we don’t often see. Thanks for sharing!

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  31. Tina Schell says:

    Wow, it’s simply adorable and so pristine! Great choice – especially loved the window tho!

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  32. Mini-churches. I like the concept.

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