Tiny Church, Oneida, New York.
Tiny Church, Oneida, New York.

The Rules - Smallest Churches in America

We set some ground rules to qualify inclusion on our tiny church list:

  • Open to the public at least occasionally. No private family chapels on gated compounds, no hoarding by secretive religious orders.
  • Human beings can fit. Perhaps a pastor and a few congregants -- no sub-human doll churches or flea circus altars.
  • Religious service conducted - weddings, services held occasionally.
  • Any legitimate denomination, or non-denominational. A pipsqueak Church of Elvis or Dog Chapel doesn't qualify.
  • Fixed address. No trailer-mounted parade float chapels or inflatable cathedrals.
  • Bonus: Postcards or signs touting "smallest" status

When you visit a small church, always show respect. In our experience, they are unlocked, unattended, and empty of visitors. Sit in a pew, sign the guest book, contribute a donation or offering, and don't break anything.

Also see: Tiny Churches

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