One good thing this month, we managed a few days holiday in Crete, before life went pear shaped. Here’s a tiny bit of Sunday Inspiration Crete style, taken in the Chania district.
Simple little church.
Now this one is called St John and to the right of this is a church in a cave
Probably on a truly ancient Cretan sacred site, inside
I’ll be honest I don’t get much from the inside of a Greek orthodox church
a bit too ornate for me. I wonder do we only feel the sacred within a cultural context we associate with spirituality?
And one final image. We went closer to the church but a wedding party was in full progress and we didn’t like to intrude.
Back to Yorkshire, England next time
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My local church of St Peter and St Paul in Pickering, is having a flower festival. And it is AMazinG! Theme is the Wizard of Oz.
Picture heavy …
The cyclone in the church porch.
The Straw man
The Tin man
Following the yellow brick road
I like that there a re some knitted yellow flowers too
A Good Witch
And the emerald city
Only people missing was Dorothy and her dog Toto, who could be found I think on the North Yorks Moor railway.
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For some other lovely churches, looking a bit more conventional than mine.
I am a bit surprised by how many different denominations of faith we have in Pickering, North Yorkshire. The population is less than 10,000, but we still have lots of different churches.
Anyway without further ado, here is the Quaker place of worship.
From a different angle
If it looks at all familiar the building is used for the Vintage and homespun fair twice a year.
Been away this weekend and only just got back, so apologies for this late post.
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St Lawrence, Lechlade
This was the last church I was able to photo on our trip to Gloucestershire, in October. Picture taken from a car park – sadly no time to explore the church- minor family crisis intervened, all safely resolved. I’m back on home territory for the next few Inspired Sundays – linking in with Inspired Sunday.
Linking in with Inspired Sunday. Here is the Round Church in Cambridge,UK
I just love looking around churches and churchyards- the social history of ordinary people can be found here. Here’s a gem we visited last weekend.
St Gregory’s Minster,Kirkdale, serving a rather big rural parish on the moors, is tucked away down a country lane. It is famed for its Anglo Saxon sundial now above the entrance to the church in the porch.
Other carved Anglo Saxon stonework has been incorporated into the walls
I also loved the carvings on the alter
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I promised two more local churches. Here’s the next one. If you walk a couple of miles west from Pickering you come to the village of Middleton. The “ton” part of Middleton indicates a Saxon village or town. And indeed the church here of St Andrew’s is of Saxon origin.
However what is inside is far more interesting. For inside in the North Aisle are some world famous Viking crosses which show a mixture of Christian and pagan symbols. They have even appeared in the TV programme Time Team.
Have a look
On one side is a hunter with a spear and on the other a snake or dragon like carving. This stone was found built into the side of the Tower in 1911.
This one shows a warrior with a helmet, and various weapons.
This one is just a fragment and shows another warrior.
Hard to make out what is on this one but it appears to be pagan animal heads.
The church is lovely quiet building and well worth seeing should you be passing.
PS The post office in the village does a jolly good afternoon tea!!
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