Monday, May 16, 2011

St. Nicholas Churches Around the World - Brighton, England UK

St. Nicholas of Myra Church
Brighton, England
Image Courtesy: Wikipedia
Today's "sighting" of a Saint Nicholas Church Around the world comes to us from Bethany at Sweet Bee Buzzings
Now this is a church with both a history and a future! It is not only the oldest church in the beautiful seaside town of Brighton - the above structure dates from the mid 1300's - but a visit to the church's website will show that it is a church whose doors are opened wide to worshipers today.
Let's read what St. Nicholas Church at Brighton says on its homepage:
The Ancient Parish Church and Mother Church of the City 
Our church, the ancient Parish Church, the mother-church of Brighton  is dedicated to St Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, patron saint of fishermen and sailors, children, pawnbrokers and Russia.  A church with this dedication has been the centre of Christian worship in Brighton for the past nine centuries and you will be most welcome to attend any of our services and activities detailed on this site. 
The Church is more than a building however splendid it might be and St Nicholas houses a lively, committed and growing congregation.

Now this has to be something to make the dear old saint, Nicholas of Myra, glad!
Header for the St. Nicholas Church
Image Courtesy: St. Nicholas Church
I am especially touched by this St. Nicholas Church's website. The Icon of the saint superimposed above an interior view of the church on this header is a continuation of this good saint's work that somehow, I feel would make him very happy. He would be honored to have this church, indeed, all that I have highlighted in this series, dedicated to the memory of the work he did all in the Lord Jesus Christ's name. 
Father Robert... 
with some modern people in this very historic and beautiful church
The tower...
much of which originated from an earlier Norman church

Image Courtesy: Wikipedia
And one more gorgeous photo shot...
Image courtesy: Wikipedia
But of course the best part of any church building is...
the people!
This was taken during the Christmas Nativity play!
This is something Nicholas would have definitely loved!
All those gorgeous children gathered to celebrated the Incarnate birth of Christ!
Please visit the church's website for more information on its activities - the 360 virtual tour is fabulous! - and Wikipedia for more history. 
Many many thanks to Bethany at Sweet Bee Buzzings for telling me about this beautiful St. Nicholas church. I love the title of her blog! It is such a good indication of the treat one is in for when we click on her site! She is so talented, designing and making so many wonderful things - a sweet bee buzzing to be sure!! 

29 comments:

GrandmaK said...

It is a lovely and vibrant church and parish. I love the visits here! Wishing you well! Cathy

Out on the prairie said...

It is really fun how many are sending these lovely sites to you.

Angela said...

Thanks for this one - happy memories of childhood holidays in Brighton 40 years ago!
blessings x

Krystal said...

it even looks so englandy :)

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

This church is beautiful and the links you have given are excellent. Diane

Sara Bentley said...

Okay.... I'm planning a trip to Brighton right now! How lovely! A beautiful church to be sure :) So nice of Bethany to share -- and yes, she does have a GREAT blog title!

Bethany said...

Thank you for the mention, you lovely lady!!!
This is one of my favorites--it makes me want to head across the pond even more than I already do (especially for the Christmas pageant :)

Ola said...

very monumental!

Pat said...

Lovely church - and what a great congregation!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Ann
Another beautiful piece of history. What a charming church..
Enjoy you week. Thank you so much for taking us all on a tour.
Blessings,
Penny

imac said...

Best of British stuff my friend.

Thisisme. said...

Lovely to see that this is such a thriving Parish Church. Very interesting links there as well. Thank you!

JackDaddy said...

Isn't that amazing that an 800 year old church is still in use!!

Ann said...

That is one gorgeous church.

K9 Katastrophie said...

I love those medevil looking churches!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

ANN DEAREST!!!!!! Another landmark of great beauty, history and tradition. HOW DO YOU DO IT? There must be so many churches that bear St. Nicholas' name...and dearest, do I understand correctly, YOU WILL PARTICIPATE in the Paris party? Can I put your name on the list with your link so people can come here on Sat. May 28th??? YIPPEEEEEEEEEE!!! THANK YOU, MERCI BIEN!!!! Give Edward a squeeze for me....Anita

Madi and Mom said...

OMC how amazing something this beautiful could be built basically w/o any of the modern building tools and machinery. They knew how to build them to last too.
I loved that pop of red on the door too!!
Madi says Meow to Edward.

Debbie said...

I LOVE the old churches, especially those with all the history included.
Debbie

Michele said...

i love seeing the people as they use this beautiful historic place as a central element of their day to day and spiritual lives. very moving to see.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Precious Ann!!!

THANK YOU FOR VISITING and so glad to hear Mr. Edward is doing just fine!

Then I may put your name on my list for the Paris link party???? This is how it works:

On MAY 28, the day of the party, you name and link will be on a list where visitors will click on, and then visit YOUR BLOG to see your post on PARIS: SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE! I love your idea of the church....I want ALL aspects of Paris culture, history,art, fun, whim.....so I will grab your link and have images and such ready on SAT. MAY 28!!! YEAH!!!! MERCI! Anita

Elaine said...

It's fascinating to see the many different styles of architecture in the different countries. Amazing that this one is so old.

Krystal said...

I'm glad I'm not alone with the overractive imagination!! It happens to me regularly though, I tell ya

Stacey said...

Ann, how are you? Sorry about my absence, but i know you understand:-). I love how you take me on these "field trips" all over the globe. I really learn a lot from reading your posts. Keep up the great job! Have a wonderful weekend! XX

Zuzana said...

What a beautiful structure, looks almost like a castle.;) I find it amazing how varying in architecture the different St Nicholas churches are.;)
Have a great weekend dear Ann,
xoxo

Carletta said...

Wonderful info! I love traveling through a town and noticing the old churches with such lovely architecture. They seem so much more reverent than today's glass and streamlined churches. It's just my preference. :)
Thanks for visting.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

What a neat church. I always love seeing churches which are alive --and full of grace and joy. I feel that in this church and love seeing all of the children and families involved. Thanks so much for sharing.
Hugs,
Betsy

troutbirder said...

We're thinking England next spring. Brighton seems like a good stop. :)

Daily Grace said...

Just beautiful!

Lois Evensen said...

What a lovely place! It is so wonderful to see it alive and well. :)