The capital city of Chandigarh, famous for being the country’s first planned city, is quite exceptional when it comes to its architecture and tourist places. This green city is home to people from different parts of India and thus has a cosmopolitan air to it. While travelling in the northern part of the country, visiting this city and its renowned attractions like Sukhna Lake, Rock Garden, War Memorial, etc. is a must. However, we suggest that you also explore the churches in Chandigarh to find some peace amidst the city crowd.
Here is a list of 9 wonderful churches that you can visit during your trip to Chandigarh.
1. LifeBridge Worship Centre, Chandigarh
The LifeBridge Worship Centre was established in the year 2009 by Pastor James and Usha Chacko. Since its inception, this contemporary urban church has gathered a lot of support from the Christian community in Chandigarh, and its members have grown steadily over the years. This small centre is doing a wonderful job in spreading faith and connecting people through the worship of the Christ.
If you are in the city, do take some time out to visit this worship centre to hear their story. Besides praying to the Lord, this church is also involved in building homes for the underprivileged children, training pastoral leaders and encouraging life groups.
- Location: Sector 45 C, Chandigarh
2. First Baptist Church, Chandigarh
The First Baptist Church is a well-known place of worship in Chandigarh, with Rev. Nazir Masih as its Pastor. Besides mass service from 10 am to 12 noon, the church conducts many other activities on Sunday, namely Children’s School, Youth Meeting and Bible Study. It also organizes a Women Fellowship programme every Saturday at 4 pm. During Easter, Christmas and Good Friday, the building is beautifully decorated and is a sight to witness.
- Location: Sector 44 C, Chandigarh
3. CityLight Church, Chandigarh
The CityLight Church is an important place of worship for the Christian community in the city. On Sundays, members consisting of people from all age groups and walks of life meet for the prayer service (English and Hindi), which takes place from 10 am to 12 noon. Besides this, the church conducts Bible study and family prayers on Wednesdays while kids have their own service on Sundays that includes craftwork, storytelling, songs, etc. The exteriors and interiors of this church have a sense of calmness about them; something you as a tourist in this city should definitely experience!
- Location: Sector 7 B, Chandigarh
4. Seventh Day Adventist Church, Chandigarh
The Seventh Day Adventist Church is another popular church in Chandigarh, witnessing myriad activities on Friday and Saturday, every week. The front portion of the building has an interesting design, which reminds of structures found in Europe. The church has a small garden inside its premises, and its interiors consist of red carpets and polished wooden tables and benches. You must visit this place for its serene ambience.
- Location: Sector 41 B, Chandigarh
5. The Father’s House International Church, Chandigarh
The Father’s House International Church is one such church that is completely dedicated to the well-being of the poor. Its Pastor, Jose Andrews, is fondly known as the Pastor of the Poor in the northern part of the country. People from all walks of life forget their differences and gather here to worship the Almighty.
The church is involved in many social activities, especially aimed at the poor children. Since its inception in the 1980s, the membership of this church has increased by manifold, and the reason for it is the spirituality that they feel here.
- Location: Sector 47 C, Chandigarh
6. Christ the King Cathedral, Chandigarh
The Christ the King Cathedral is among the oldest and biggest churches in the city. The architecture of this church is outstanding, and the atmosphere inside is truly enchanting! The chambers where prayers are said and hymns are sung by disciples can accommodate a huge gathering. The Sunday mass prayer in the church is held from 8.30 am onwards while on weekdays, the service starts at 5.30 pm. The building is surrounded by a lush green garden, where you can relax and soak in the tranquillity that this place offers.
- Location: Sector 19 C, Chandigarh
7. Church of Chandigarh, Chandigarh
The Church of Chandigarh is a small, red-bricked church with simple interiors and accommodation capacity of up to 100 disciples at a time. On the premises, there is also a small garden, where the members sit and relax after the Sunday mass. The church encourages its members to not only worship the Almighty but also actively participate in different social activities conducted by it.
- Location: Sector 35 B, Chandigarh
8. Navjeevan Church, Chandigarh
Established in 2001, the Navjeevan Church is a part of the Don Bosco Navjeevan Society. It is among the most popular places of worship in the city. The architecture of this building is simply wonderful, especially its immaculate interiors. The word ‘Navjeevan’ indicates the rebirth of Christ; hence the name. Besides the prayer service, the church is completely dedicated towards the well-being and service of people through its various activities, especially for the poor and downtrodden.
- Location: Sector 24 B, Chandigarh
9. Mar Thoma Church, Chandigarh
The Mar Thoma Church is one of the most beautiful churches in Chandigarh. The peace and calmness you will feel here cannot be expressed in words. The architecture and interiors of the church are praiseworthy, especially the chamber where the choir sings and the Pastor delivers his teachings. The chandeliers that are fitted across the prayer hall simply add to the beauty of this place of worship.
- Location: Raipur Khurd, Chandigarh