Norwegian Church in LA

Norwegian Church Los Angeles - Sjømannskirken - California - San Pedro

I went to the Norwegian church the other day, and gave my housemates plenty of time to get ahead in the prankwar. But a friend of my family had invited me, and I think it’s interesting to go to the different Norwegian churches around the world. The one in LA is actually in San Pedro by the docks

Norwegian Church Los Angeles - Sjømannskirken - California - San Pedro- Kirken

And it’s really nice. It’s not as beautiful as the one in London, but it had a great atmosphere and a greater selection in the shop.

“The Norwegian  churches abroad and  traveling chaplains have an international network of social meeting places where seafarers, students, business people, tourists, families and other travelling Norwegians can come “home” for a while. Founded in 1864, The Norwegian Seamen’s Mission – Sjømannsmisjonen – was established to secure the moral and religious education of Scandinavian seafarers, but also to give them a “breathing space” where a fellow countryman was available to lend an ear and give some attention. Today, the churches and their staff together with travelling pastors around the globe represent a “resource center” for all Norwegians travelling internationally.”

Norwegian Church Los Angeles - Sjømannskirken - California - San Pedro - Filt tavle - Søndags skole - Sunday School

I saw this thing of felt, and it immediately took me back to the days of sunday school. I remember that, my grandmother used to walk me to the church near her on sundays and I would hang out there with the other kids in the basement, playing ping-pong, reading stories about Jesus, and playing with those felt characters on the board. I spoke to the priest about it and she says it’s always a hit, the kids love it. They have Xboxes, computers and shit but they still love this old thing! 🙂

Norwegian Church Los Angeles - Sjømannskirken - California - San Pedro - kirkekaffe - coffee

Good old church coffee. We weren’t there for the ceremony, but everybody knows that what comes AFTER the sermon, is the best thing… The food… the cake.. coffee’s and tea… for FREE!

Norwegian Church Los Angeles - Sjømannskirken - California - San Pedro - kirkekaffe - coffee - food

It was nice with a bit of Norwegian food and snacks. And someone had brought a home made apple cake in addition to the other nice desserts, so it felt really homey. It was WEEEEIRD hearing Norwegian again… bizarre, some Swedish people there too, apparently loads of Scandi’s and German people go there too.. yeah. They don’t have anything like this of their own…hahahahha.

Norwegian Church Los Angeles - Sjømannskirken - California - San Pedro - kirkekaffe - coffee - norwegian royalty - Prinks Haakon Prinsesse Mette-Marit

Pictures of our Royalties. Even the Swedish Queen and King too, on the bottom of the picture.

Norwegian Church Los Angeles - Sjømannskirken - California - San Pedro - kirkekaffe - coffee -Shop - norwegian food

Odd was shopping for his big christmas meal, It was a lot of good norwegian stuff there, I only bought a bar of Norwegian dairy chocolate for my housemates, and a bottle of christmas soda.

Norwegian Church Los Angeles - Sjømannskirken - California - San Pedro - kirkekaffe - coffee - Priest

Norwegian Church Los Angeles - Sjømannskirken - California - San Pedro - kirkekaffe - coffee - priest - sunday school

We had a nice long conversation about the priest, she was very enthusiastic and cool. But apparently it’s harder to continue the church nowadays, as the state won’t allow Norwegians to come and work there any more, only US citizens, except the priest. And it’s hard to get real Norwegians with US citizenship to come and work there… as they usually are here for different reason. And having a Norwegian church without real Norwegian, kinda isn’t the same.

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Unni Reid says:

    Åååååh så utrolig koslig 😊
    Tok Odd deg med til Sjømanns-kirka? trodde ikke det var noen i LA jeg!Hadde de ikke vafler? Det er jo det sjømanns-kirkene er berømt for 😊 Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2012 05:12:39 +0000
    To: unni-r@hotmail.com

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