Saturday, May 15, 2010

SACRED "Underground" SUNDAY

FARAWAY.......In an underground City called Coober Pedy people worship in a different world.
 This City sits on the edge of The Stuart Ranges in the State of South Australia.

OPALS MINING abounds here and for that reason care needs to be taken.
Beautiful Opals of all different colours and size may be found.
The name Coober Pedy is Aboriginal and means "white man in hole."  
Which is applicable when you realise 80% of the townfolk live in hand cutout dwellings underground.
Temperatures of extreme heat in summer and penetrating cold in winter, makes life beneath the surface more bearable.. 

This is the outside visable entrance to one of the churches.

The interior of two (2) of the churches show how they have been hewn out of the rock.

Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
If I ascend into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me" (Psalms 139:7-10).

Going to Church on Sunday....



  1. I've read about Coober Pedy before but had no idea the name had such an interesting meaning.

  2. Welcome - thanks for joining my blog. So you are going into winter now and we are going into summer. Isn't God amazing?

    I had an opal ring given to me by my dad - they are a soft stone.

    Love the interior of the church - quite unusual.

    Glad I made you laugh - but sometimes I don't make people laugh . . . I liked your blog.


  3. This is so interesting. The church is beautiful.

  4. Wow! This is incredible. I would love to see more and I love what you said about "hewn from the rock."

    That is our legacy, "hewn from the rock of Jesus."

    Thanks a bunch,

  5. oh, what a marvelous story you've shared with us. i loved the photographs, especially the ones of the underground churches. makes me think of so many before us who literally HAD to underground in order to practice their faith. thanks for taking the time to get the information you shared today...really made me think!

  6. This was so interesting. Thanks for sharing this with us. I had never heard of this before. I love blogging because it expands our vision and knowledge.

  7. Wow! What an amazing building! Thank you for sharing the photos and history of the place. Loved the scripture too. Wishing you a beautiful Sunday.


  8. An Underground City! I can just imagine the realief of being in the coolness in the dead of summer and sheltered in winter.
    And Psalm 139 is so making me sleepy with longing....

  9. What an interesting post. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.
    I'm going to church tomorrow too. Can't imagine not going.

  10. I had not heard of this church, hewn from rock and it is very beautiful. I have long wanted to journey to Australia. What is your book about? My first book was published in 2008.

  11. Very interesting and informative post. I really like opals. The interior of the church is quite interesting. Several years ago, here in Texas a few people began building underground houses (only one wall of the house was visable to the outside). They were very energy efficient, however no one seems to be building them any more.


  12. Fascinating information and photos. I remember seeing something on Coober Pedy on TV several months ago. Looks like an intriguing place to live, worship, and work.

  13. Wow,.it really is an underground city!

    I never knew the opal mines were like that, either!

    Very interesting post! :)

  14. Very interesting! The church is such a grotto...and reminds me of Sanctuario di Chimayo in New Mexico--the 3rd sacred site in the world for the Catholic church. All their seems made from earth too.....

    love, kelee @

  15. I've learnt something new today. Thank you for this post.

    God bless.

  16. wow. I love that church. How cool is that. Thanks for sharing this....

  17. Always something new to learn! I love the interior of the is beautiful isn't it. Thanks so much for sharing this...

  18. Very interesting! Thanks for sharing this. I have never heard of Coober Pedy, but now I want to learn more! The churches were fascinating. God bless!

  19. The verse you chose fits so perfectly. No matter where we worship...God is there.

  20. Thank you one and and all.
    Barry, It is an interesting meaning and a little funny.

    Chatty, Welcome. I smile when I think of your humour, are you sure your not Ozzie?

    Ginger, Thank you.

    Dianne, Yes, Christ Jesus is our Rock and you are right, we are hewn from Him.

    Sheri, Bless you friend.

    Susan, Yes I also love what I learn off other Blogs.

    Sandi,Glad you enjoyed it, thanks for stopping by.

    Enchanted, Yes I too, love Psalm 139, Nothing can seperate us from Him.

    Charlotte, I miss my church in TN...

    Terra, I love your name, it makes me roll my R's. My book is an Inspirational Christian love story about a young female doctor. What is the name of yours...Hope you get here one day. People don't realise how big Oz is...I might show that on my next Blog.

    Joan, Yes I once saw a documentary on those house in Texas.They reminded me of Laura Ingalls Sod house...fascinating. These here are comptetely underground. Google Search to see.

    Mary, Yes I believe it would be very interesting to live and work there. The Oz Outback has spectacular coloured landscape.

    Betsy, Yes they started digging mines and some of these became homes. Opals are beautiful.

    Kelee, I missed seeing New Mexico when I loved in Tn...I will check out Santuaro di Chimayo on the Net.

    Victor, I love to learn off you also.

    Sarah, Yes, I bet it is cool also.

    Renee, Yes it is lovely. People are so clever.

    Janie Annie, If Charlotte hadn't said to do something on Churches I never would have thought of this.. So she gets the credit.

    Sewing seeds, Yes He is everywhere.

    Bless you all for visiting and your comments, thank you.

  21. What an interesting post. I love Opals, though I've never heard of Coober Pedy before. Thank you for sharing the pictures, and the facts about the underground city. Have a lovely Sunday!

  22. What a fascinating story. One I had to share with my senior mom who will now be enjoying watching for more info as it may come. :) And what a perfect and encouraging Scripture for us all! Have a blessed week.

  23. Hello Susan B,

    Hello Kaye,
    Thank you both for visiting. People don't know much about Australia so I will post more. We are a long way off from the rest of the world.
    God Bless you all.

  24. Mary, very interesting post! I would love to travel to your part of the world one day. Such an interesting and beautiful land! Have a good week!

  25. Very interesting! Thanks for posting this.


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