Tuesday, 21 July 2020

The Little Chapel


On our last trip through Dargaville we stopped at "The Little Chapel" located in Aratapu on the outskirts of the town. Known as "New Zealand's Smallest Church it was opened in 2010 and is 2.2 metres squared.


With an angel looking after the property in amongst the sculpture garden the church was built from ancient swamp Kauri (sometimes found within the Kaipara) carbon dated 38,000 years old.


Owned by locals Warren Suckling and his wife Mavis who decided to build the 9 seat chapel on their land to give others comfort and solace. Kaumatua Jim Te Tuhi iniated the ceremony with a mihi (thanks) followed by speeches from various churches in town.


A photo arrangement inside that shows the various people who came together to make this church possible. 2 Kauri crosses that sit on the roof of the church interestingly came from an old gumdiggers store that use to be in the town, the stained glass windows came from artist Mandy Wood, the pews were gifted from the Aratapu Hall Committee and the Dargaville Garden Club created the surrounding garden (below).





Linking up with Our World Tuesday and My Corner of the World.

21 comments:

  1. ...what a delightful place, I've found a couple that are similar to this one.

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  2. That's a cute little church and an interesting place to wander around.

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  3. How lovely, I had not heard of it.

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  4. I love little things to look at like that.

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  5. What an appealing little church. It looks like a nice place if one just wants to sit and contemplate for a while.

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  6. How sweet - looks a lovely place to slow down and reflect.

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  7. Hello, I love the cute little chapel and the angel. It is a neat place to explore. Enjoy your day, have a great week ahead.

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  8. What a unique place and divine little church ~ great series of photos ^_^

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  9. That really is a very tiny little chapel. Great set of photos of this place.

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  10. What a lovely area and a very cute little church.

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  11. Oh this is such a cute and full of character kind of place! That chapel looks very interesting!

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  12. The little chapel is adorable, so full of character.
    Amalia
    xo

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  13. What a lovely place to explore! I am enchanted by the church!

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  14. Well it does not look any bigger than my shed at the bottom of the garden. I love it such a sweet chapel

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  15. That has to be the smallest church I've ever seen Amy, what a very eclectic and explorable surrounding garden ✨

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  16. We haven't been down that way for a while, might be time to go again! Thanks for the pics and info.

    It's great to see you at 'My Corner of the World' this week!

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  17. cute little chapel with beautiful background and views

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  18. This has to be the cutest chapel in the country.

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