Northern Estonia
Tallinn
Harjumaa
Raplamaa
Järvamaa
Lääne-Virumaa
Ida-Virumaa

   Western Estonia
Pärnu
Pärnumaa
Läänemaa
Saaremaa
Hiiumaa

   Southern Estonia
Tartu
Tartumaa
Jõgevamaa
Viljandimaa
Valgamaa
Põlvamaa
Võrumaa

 


St Olaf’s Lutheran Church in Nõva
Dear Fellow Wayfarers,

The Wayfarers’ Churches are open for us throughout Estonia. This reference brochure is your guide to different churches. Church doors are open to everyone, believers and doubters alike. Welcome!

Does it make sense to stop and make your way towards a church? In his film ‘Repentance’, Georgian director Tengiz Abuladze reversed this question, putting the words in the mouth of an old traveller, “Why have a road that doesn’t lead to a church?”

The Wayfarers’ Churches are located on people’s paths all over Estonia, providing our journeys with a meaning greater than mere motion. Houses of worship have always welcomed visitors. While speeding through our errands, we run the risk of missing out on the beauty beside the roads. Haste is not conducive to finding peace, to capturing the timeless values. Age-old churches are filled with stillness that is full of meaning, bearing witness to our past and to our final destination.

Mother Teresa has said, “God speaks in the silence of the heart”. In the silence of a church you could hear the voice of your own heart. Estonian and French essayist Fanny de Sivers thought that churches are carpeted with prayers, woven into matter. The space-time of the Wayfarers’ Churches can open up a path towards life beyond time and space.

“Search, and you will find,” said Jesus. “Knock, and the door will be opened. Everyone who asks receives.” I would like to wish you success in your searching and finding, knocking and opening, praying and receiving answers!

Meego Remmel
Vice-President of the Estonian Council of Churches