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April 9, 2011 / Linda Hartong


If you stroll along Lincoln Street south of Ocean Ave., you find the welcoming Church of the Wayfarer. The first service was held here on March 3, 1940.

with its lovely garden.

Until recently this garden was called the Biblical Garden because every plant in it is referenced in the Bible.

I always step off the street and wander down it’s little paths. It has been fun to see the garden mature and change, as gardens do.

Within the last few years new arbors,


and paths have been installed.

Once in a while, I go into the church to enjoy the beautiful stained glass windows. This is a popular place for weddings. Up go the decorations, music sounds from the church and then the bride and groom exit triumphantly. Often member of the wedding party stay at the Cypress Inn which is across the street.

It was quite late in the day the last time I stopped to snap a few shots.

As I entered the chapel, the minister was just about to close and lock the door.  He regretted cutting my visit short, and so invited me to “ring the bell” in the Bell Tower. What a treat!  Pull hard on that rope and hear the joyous sound.  The steeple, the first one in Carmel, houses “THE BELL”. It was given to the church by anonymous villagers. In earlier days it served Carmel for fire and emergency calls.

Church of the Wayfarer

Lincoln Street at Seventh Avenue
P.O. Box 2205
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California 93921
(831) 624-3550 – FAX (831) 624-2530

Click here to view a map of our location.


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  1. jeanette sclar / Apr 9 2011 8:54 pm

    What a sweetie – that minister! Fabulously intense colors in the garden shot!

  2. Emily Smith / Jan 31 2013 2:14 am

    I was married at the Church of the Wayfarer …on valentines day

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