This was the 2nd church in NAC Central. Presumably preaching the same message, but for the spanish speakers. I may have said this before, but coming from the west coast there is always something about the brick buildings that I find mesmerizing.
So far this blog has mostly focused on my home state of California. But a trip to DC in the winter served as a reminder that strip mall churches are a national phenomenon. My sister’s friend had recommended a few locations so with my sister’s fiancé leading the charge, we photographed strip mall church after strip mall church.
NAC Central was the first place on our list. Made up of two churches, the North Arundel Church served as a beacon of light in a neighborhood filled with auto shops, pawn shops and a smattering of graffiti. We skipped the Mexican food next door because we already had dinner plans, but next time we’ll definitely have to stop by.
I discovered Calvary Chapel on a trip to eastern San Diego a while back. Apparently, there are half a dozen Calvary Chappels, but this one was located in the beautiful El Cajon and surrounded by a storage place and a few different auto shops. I am not sure if all the Calvary Chappels are located in strip malls, but it would definitely be a first if that is the case. I will be following up with some research.
At long last, pictures from the inside of a strip mall church!!! Christov10 was kind enough to send me these shots months ago and I never got around to posting them. They are what you might expect. Simple fold up chairs and a roll-away coffee station which lend the viewer to reminisce on the impermanence that we all have here. Simply beautiful! Thanks Christov10!
Apparently, the Father’s House didn’t have the strip mall churchiness factor that the church goers were going for. What is a Strip Mall Church to do? Why get a new sign of course!