Sunday, September 16, 2012

island adventure 7 - Baker Road: a church and a beach

Hubby has checked online and picked out Bethel Pentecostal for us to attend on the Sunday we are on Salt Spring. Thursday we do a reconnaissance drive to find the church.

Bethel Pentecostal Church - Salt Spring Island
Bethel Pentecostal Church, Salt Spring Island, BC

We step out of the car in the parking lot of the cute little wooden structure and hear a piano playing. It turns out the pastor and his wife are both on site, so we meet them and have a chat. I give them a copy of my novel for their library and while visiting in the parking lot pastor's wife points out the paintings done by her predecessor on the rock wall. I love these!



Bethel Pentecostal Church - Salt Spring Island

Bethel Pentecostal Church - Salt Spring Island

Bethel Pentecostal Church - Salt Spring Island

Bethel Pentecostal Church - Salt Spring Island

Bethel Pentecostal Church - Salt Spring Island
Bible verses painted on the rocks, Bethel Pentecostal Church, Salt Spring Island, BC

Before we leave they explain how to get to a beach at the bottom of their road (Baker Road). The beach on Booth Bay ends up being one of the most interesting beaches we find on our Salt Spring Island stay. At low tide every pool is alive with creatures and under every sea-weedy rock hide the most brilliant purple starfish you'll ever see.

Starfish - Booth Bay, Salt Spring Island
Starfish on Booth Bay beach, Salt Spring Island, BC

And what about these rocks! I think they're shale.

Shale formations, Booth Bay, Salt Spring Island
Shale rock formation, Booth Bay beach, Salt Spring Island, BC

We return to church on Sunday and are struck by the beautiful quarry setting that frames the brown wooden cross—seen from the church driveway. We even meet the man who made and installed it, as he happens to be at visiting the service that day. It's wonderful that because of Jesus we can feel a deep bond with people we've just met.

Bethel Pentecostal Church, Salt Spring Island
Cross on the driveway leading to Bethel Pentecostal Church, Salt Spring Island

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3 comments:

Linda at teacherdance said...

I am still enjoying every bit, Violet. The rocks with scriptures & paintings are incredibly beautiful. I envy you your tide pools. That is a favorite thing to search out for me when I visit the ocean. Thank you for sharing all this.

violet said...

Thanks so much, Linda! Actually, since this is in the past now (and life has a way of rushing on...) the temptation is to say, forget it. But somehow I want to capture these moments in a more complete way than just a series of photos in my stash.

And so I'm glad you're enjoying them. I love putting them together, though it is time consuming. But doing one every few days is like living it all over again.

Mary Haskett said...

What inspiring photos and such a lovely idea. Thanks for sharing

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