Today The Tiny Chapel was opened and blessed by Sherry Weller. The following is the text of the ceremony.
Welcome to you all. I’m glad you’ve made time on this beautiful day to join us at Serendipity around The Tiny Chapel…..it’s a special occasion for me!
I felt it was important to explain publicly the “WHY” our Tiny Chapel was built this year….2016.
There are a number of reasons:
Firstly, in the late ’70s I was a post-grad student in St Louis, Missouri, USA. Despite what you hear on the news about the American Mid-West, there are many amazing, loving Christian folk there and throughout the countryside are these un-attended tiny churches without locked doors….. traveller’s chapels…. places of reverence for any peace-loving person to “have a moment”!
I wanted to build one in Australia.
Another reason is a very personal and probably controversial one that I’d like to seriously share with you today. I am a Christian…. a follower of Jesus Christ’s teaching of love. Through historical testament, I believe that he was an amazing being who did change the world for the better. I feel that many Christian church services and locked Christian churches lack the faith, love and reverence that Christianity deserves.
I wanted to build a sanctuary where one could be reverent.
And the final reason, I wanted the chapel to be a place where people could find solace and think of their loved ones who have passed away. Just as I have found solace in building the chapel after a close friend of mine died in tragic circumstances in 2014.
My wish is that The Tiny Chapel will become a place for those all passing by, to remember loved ones gone…”to have a moment”. It will be a place to be thankful, a place to reflect, to meditate, to be quiet, to be happy and always a place of peace.
In the name of GOD whom we know by different names, I offer this chapel to the service of all people of good will.
Below is a collection of photos from the day.