Apparently, this part of Edmonton was once in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the greatest number of churches. I cannot prove this because I can’t find that record on their website, but I believe it.
I have been photographing the churches within a one-mile walking distance from my house and so far I have found eighteen churches of various Christian denominations. I originally found seventeen on Google Maps, but one of those churches has since moved out of the community centre where the congregation had been meeting. They have not yet moved into a new location. So, I lost one and then added two that I found while walking.
I posted the first five on 14 September and the second five on 20 September. Here are five more.
There are, in addition, buildings for people of other faiths and I am now working on a collection of pictures of them, too. I am amazed that this community is able to support so many religious organizations and I wonder how many will survive the Covid-19 restrictions.
And I thought I lived in the buckle of the bible belt. This is extraordinary and I still cannot get over how different they all are from each other.
Me too, Sally. Some are very utilitarian and some are quite … um … ostentatious.
I enjoy seeing all the churches and the architecture of each. I have to ask though, with the Bethel Gospel Chapel…the prominent sign on the door “DATS Service Out Back” must mean something however I am clueless. Do you happen to know?
Yes, DATS stands for Disabled Adults Transit Service. This is the only church that I have found so far that has a clearly identified accessible entry. At least two have ramps at side or back doors, but this is the only one with a clear sign.
Hmm, that interests me, I admit. I would think perhaps there are vocal disabled who attend that church or a staff who are very aware. Cheers for all. A side note: Alice says that growing up with me, she just automatically learned to watch for potential barriers and learn ways around them for me. I never realized!
Alice’s awareness is a rare thing. I know I was quite oblivious until my husband needed a wheelchair. Then I noticed every bump in the sidewalks and every inaccessible doorway.
Interesting that Edmonton would have so many churches. I don’t know if it is official or not but I have heard that Regina has the highest number of eating establishments per capita in any city. No idea why that would be.
I chuckled at that, Anne Marie. Maybe the locals use restaurants as places to socialize.
We sure don’t keep them in business so maybe we aren’t very sociable.