Brunswick St. Baptist Church

Brunswick St. Baptist Church

Brunswick St. Baptist Church
4.5
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jkmtravel
By jkmtravel
A bit young for a Gothic church, but it's in great shape
Apr 2016
Fredericton has never really been up to the minute when it comes to architectural trends, so it's not surprising that when the Baptist congregation rebuilt their downtown church in the 1880s that they would go with Gothic revival. After all, the stodgy establishment types had been building Gothic revival for years. So, when designing the outside, it's not surprising that the upstart Baptists would try for a bit of respectability via that route. The intricate sandstone stonework facade is lovely, but the simple shape of the exterior, with stepped spires pointing in the direction one must assume the congregation thinks of as heaven is most striking, especially when viewed from a distance. Unfortunately, the main steeple with its intricate wrought iron finial had to be removed earlier this year. Fortunately, the large congregation is great at raising money and will probably have it back up and repaired in record time. For now, however, the effect on the shape of the building is less than ideal. The local shipbuilding tradition gives a special flavour to the interior. You can really imagine that the artisans and carpenters who worked on the interior spent most of their time building wooden schooners, although probably most of them were actually cabinet makers and land carpenters. You can't mistake the traditional Baptist prayer meeting layout - ideal for singing and being heard, and for keeping an eye on your neighbours. In typical Fredericton ecclesiastical fashion, the pews are uncomfortable. I am given to understand that the contemporary services (Christian rock music), that take place in the gym next door have better seating, but it lacks a certain gravitas that many like to associate with their preferred deity.

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jkmtravel
Fredericton, Canada68 contributions
Apr 2016 • Solo
Fredericton has never really been up to the minute when it comes to architectural trends, so it's not surprising that when the Baptist congregation rebuilt their downtown church in the 1880s that they would go with Gothic revival. After all, the stodgy establishment types had been building Gothic revival for years. So, when designing the outside, it's not surprising that the upstart Baptists would try for a bit of respectability via that route.

The intricate sandstone stonework facade is lovely, but the simple shape of the exterior, with stepped spires pointing in the direction one must assume the congregation thinks of as heaven is most striking, especially when viewed from a distance. Unfortunately, the main steeple with its intricate wrought iron finial had to be removed earlier this year. Fortunately, the large congregation is great at raising money and will probably have it back up and repaired in record time. For now, however, the effect on the shape of the building is less than ideal.

The local shipbuilding tradition gives a special flavour to the interior. You can really imagine that the artisans and carpenters who worked on the interior spent most of their time building wooden schooners, although probably most of them were actually cabinet makers and land carpenters. You can't mistake the traditional Baptist prayer meeting layout - ideal for singing and being heard, and for keeping an eye on your neighbours.

In typical Fredericton ecclesiastical fashion, the pews are uncomfortable. I am given to understand that the contemporary services (Christian rock music), that take place in the gym next door have better seating, but it lacks a certain gravitas that many like to associate with their preferred deity.
Written December 7, 2016
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traveladviceneeded90
New York City, NY24 contributions
Oct 2016 • Family
This historic church is located in the heart of downtown Fredericton and is a beehive of activity. The stained glass in the sanctuary glows any time of the day or evening. The Christmas activities are wonderful!
Written October 26, 2016
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Diane S
Fredericton, Canada4 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
Great historic church with beautiful stained glass windows. Located in the downtown area, this church is a welcoming refuge. Friendly congregation, pastors offering a thought provoking message.
Written June 28, 2016
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Betty R
133 contributions
Dec 2015 • Family
They are so loving and helpful to everyone in need. Always there to lend a hand. They have both a traditional and contemporary service, great child care and an awesome Kids Quest program. Very family friendly and biblical.
Written January 17, 2016
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Doravmon
Delaware50 contributions
Nov 2015 • Friends
Must recommend!!! This church is lovely and friendly to everyone. The pastor is kind, the musics are awesome!!
Written December 1, 2015
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Shikha1958
Dhaka City, Bangladesh161 contributions
May 2015 • Family
A very lovely structure, though I didn't get to see the inside as it was close, I walked round the church, it has a calming effect on you.
Written June 2, 2015
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Jim H
Leamington, Canada641 contributions
Sept 2014 • Couples
Various structures have been constructed on this site since 1814. This building is in the Neo-Gothic style of purple-blue freestone quarried in New Brunswick. The tower measures a total of 68' in height and has many beautiful stained glass windows that light up the inside with vibrant colors. To view the inside of the church there are self guided tours from Monday to Friday 9am - 4:30pm. If the doors are locked try asking at the church office and like us you might just get a private tour. This is a very beautiful church.
Written September 18, 2014
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Dzija
Albania8 contributions
Nov 2013 • Friends
The old and the new are nicely blended. The sanctuary is well worth a visit. (It can be accessed by ascending the steps leading up from the parking lot and entering through the double glass doors.) The church is celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2014.
Written November 25, 2013
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