This was the 2nd church in the same strip mall as the Church of Christ. It was next door to the Tokyo Spa so if the preacher stresses you out you can get some good rest and relaxation. Nearby, there is also a place to have signs made or buy a motorcycle.
The Church of Christ sign just states the “Church Of Christ Meets Here.” For me, I like the notion of just meeting somewhere and praying. It somehow conveys the fact that the location doesn’t matter so much. The sign is almost like self-deprecating humor. I find that refreshing in a strip mall church.
Surrounded by kajukembo and a roofer and a few doors down from an oriental massage parlor, the Church of Christ is another favorite.
I would have been bored with this place, but I was still in disbelief that we had come upon the 4th strip mall church in the Marina Shopping Center. Still, eventually the novelty of discovering the 4th strip mall church in the shopping plaza wore off and I discovered pizza and a place to register as a Republican. Of course, if you are already registered as a Republican you can just volunteer.
Any church with the words “Gospel” and “Foursquare” seems like fun. Still, as we came up on this 3rd strip mall church in the Marina Shopping Center I was little worried. There were a bunch of guys on motorcycles that were looking at us suspiciously and all I could think of was this episode of South Park where they start calling all the guys on their loud motorcycles “fags”.
Anyways, for your post strip mall church going pleasure, apparently you can volunteer at Meals on Wheels or the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Also, you can get your car fixed at GT Motors and learn how to defend yourself with Aikido. Good times!
This is a picture blog, but I thought this article was interesting. As I have taken more photos of strip mall churches, it’s become clear that they are always found in the older strip malls.
Strip malls get saved — by churches
Also, I would love it if someone in Florida could get me a picture of the C3 Church mentioned in the article.
This was the 2nd church that we found in the Marina Shopping Plaza. It’s located next door to the West Wind Church, but doesn’t really do a lot to compete.
I really like this place because I lived in San Diego for the first two years with barely any furniture. It is the strip mall church for the ultra-minimalist. These guys are saying we don’t need a fancy building or a fancy sign or a giant crucified Jesus to get your attention. They are saying we have the lord and a place to pray and that’s all we need. That or else they are saying, we need more money so we can build a real church outside of this crappy strip mall. I really prefer to believe the former. Either way, God bless them.
When a friend recommended I go to the Marina Shopping Center, she didn’t mention that it was the Holiest Strip Mall on Planet Earth. My mom drove me over there the next day and we discovered there were 4 strip mall churches all in this one plaza.
The West Wind Church was the first church that we saw. It’s located next to a competing strip mall church as well as the Marina Market and a pet grooming place brilliantly named “Pet Grooming”. Also since I used to do tai chi, I was excited to see Wu Shing Tai Chi located on the other side. If I ever move back to the area, I may have to check it out.
My sister alerted me to this church in the closest strip mall to my mom’s house. Then I got a phone call from a friend who’s mom and sister had also noticed this place. It’s tucked away in the corner next to this small supermarket called Food Fair that my mom never shopped at. There is a salon and pet grooming place as well.
Somehow the picture makes me wonder what strip mall heaven must be like. It’s something about the trees. I imagine an infinite parking lot with infinite strip mall stores and God and a lot of fluffy clouds. What does strip mall heaven look like to you?