My worship and my witness.
I started photographing churches as "The House of God" as part of my Year 2000 Project and have continued ever since. This blog is a tribute to the congregations who built these churches and that keep open the doors of these places of Christian renewal and service. Thanks be to God.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
December 14, 2014
4575 Denman Road
Denman Island United Church Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada
Exit sign on Hwy. 19 for Denman & Hornby Island (Link 2.)
Map of Denman Island from "denmanisland.com" (Link 2.)
"Denman (Island) was once known as Punchlatt Island, and the Inner Island, by the Puntledge First Nations who set up summer camps on the island, gathering clams and berries, and fishing and hunting. Deer were caught by herding them into the water where hunters waited in canoes.
The first European settlement on Denman Island was in 1874. The island was named after Rear Admiral Joseph Denman, Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Station, 1864-6. The island was allegedly nicknamed "Little Orkney" by the settlers who came from the Orkney Islands, an archipelago on the northern tip of Scotland.
"Location: Denman Island is located off the eastern shore of central Vancouver Island, opposite Buckley Bay, 12 miles (20 km) south of Courtenay and one hour north of Nanaimo." (Link 2.)
"This morning we were up early to accompany the Bruce and June McIntyre and Chris and Jean Whittaker to church. The service was not in Parksville, however, but on Denman Island where Bruce leads the service one Sunday a month. We met the ferry for Denman Island at Buckley Bay, north of Parksville. After a ten minute ride across Bayes Sound, we drove to the Denham Island United Church. It is a small but beautiful building of wood construction, lined with cedar boards. This is a very old church. There is a display case with the Bible first used in the church,dated 1879.
"The enthusiastic choir had 7 members including two men this day. Some days there are two more members. They present an anthem every Sunday and sometimes more than one. Every week after the service, there is a pot luck lunch and time of visiting. We joined them for lunch and were made very welcome. Denman Island has a land area of slightly less than 20 square miles and a year round population of 1016.
"After lunch we did some beach combing at Fillongley Provincial Park and toured the island then back to the ferry to return to Vancouver Island. At Fanny Bay Bruce stopped to show us sea lions. This was a chance happening as the sea lions feed on herring and there is a herring run now. When the run is over the sea lions go back out to sea." (Link 1.)
Sign at Denman United Church
Denman Island United Church (Link 2.)
The Hornby and Denman Island Grapevine reported on August 21, 2014 on the planned Denman Island United Church 125th anniversary celebration. "Our little white church was built and finished by local citizens. It was consecrated as a Methodist Church in 1889, 36 years before the United Church of Canada was formed, and was one of the first churches built in the Comox Valley. Services have been held there every Sunday since that time." The celebration planned was a concert at the church.
Photo: Top photo taken in August 2014 by SW while driving past.