2005 N. Lamar St.
Tampa, FL 33602
For over three years, this historic Tampa Heights church stood unused and empty. What was once a thriving place of worship became nothing but a lonely dwelling of dust bunnies and cobwebs, that is until Tampa Heights Junior Civic Association decided that it would be the perfect place to host a community center. This not-for-profit organization serves low-income and at-risk young people in the Tampa Heights area and needs room to grow. It is currently in the midst of a fundraising effort — with over $650,000 raised so far — to renovate the old building and offer programs like financial literacy, computer training and workforce and college preparation programs. The building is currently undergoing renovations and is not open to the community, but feel free to drive by and admire the beautiful architecture and see the future home of the Tampa Heights Junior Civic Association Community Center.
140 4th St. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
This gorgeous church combines both the beauty of cathedral-style architecture with more modern structures that have been added on over time. Equally beautiful are the stained-glass windows and the art and live flowers on the inside of the chapel. This church is still in operation and offers both traditional and contemporary worship services, weddings, confirmations, funerals, youth group programs and more. The members of this church take their music very seriously and there’s a variety of groups that both children and adults can join, including the Treble Choirs, Chamber Choir, Festival Chorus and more.
5103 Central Ave.
Tampa, FL 33603
St. Paul was first organized in 1927 and is the oldest ELCA Lutheran church in Tampa. This charming building is constructed entirely of red brick, except for the steeple. The antique stained-glass windows were restored in 2002 and are colored red, blue, green, gold and purple — the liturgical colors of the church year. In 2010, the congregation designed and planted a very peaceful, private Memorial Garden behind the church, perfect for prayer, meditation and reflection. This historic church is still extremely active and offers dozens of services and programs, including Support H.O.P.E. (Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality), Over-Eaters Anonymous meetings, children’s sermons, weddings and Bible study classes.
2708 N. Central Ave.
Tampa, Florida 33602
In 1997, two church congregations merged together to create the new community of believes that is now the St. James House of Prayer. The building is made of stones of all sizes and colors accented with white trim and red doors. The stained glass windows are beautifully preserved and depict scenes from the life of Christ. The church offers both traditional and contemporary worship services. The Cornerstone Kids after-school program, community outreach programs, prison ministry and other programs highlight their services. People from all walks of life are welcome at St. James House of Prayer.
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