The new church in the small town of Stjørdal was consecreted 10 days ago. It is a modern church, minimalistic, and decorated by local craftsmen and artists, almost all in wood. It may seem big with is lofty space inside, but it has only 250 seats. It is the first church located inside a House of Culture, together with a cinema, library and other things.
The new church is located at the back of the House of Culture, Kimen, and you can hardly see the church. Unless you know and look up to see the abstract church spire and a discreet cross.
There are rarely built any new churches in Norway now. In 2014 there was only one. The congregation in Stjørdal has 11.000 members and they have waited about 100 years for the new church. Stjørdal has been the only town without a church. There is a medieaval church some kilometres outside the town, but the Directorate for Cultural Heritage have for years warned that the old church, 900 years old, can’t cope with the use needed. So the new one was much needed. But not wanted by all. The local socialist party tried to prevent it, and now when it has been built, they want to remove it. The reason: Norway have been a Christian country for 1000 years, but the last decades some more religions are represented because of immigration. But the number of Christians is overwhelming, more than 4 million, compared to 132.135 muslims, 86.400 atheists/humanists, 17.087 buddhist and 781 jews (2104). These are registered members of religious communities, and you can see more numbers on this link.. My attitude to this: I can hardly believe it. This tiny church that people have waited so long for. And the church today is really friendly and tolerant. If they need to fight religion – pick another fight. There are more pictures on this link.