Little church at Knott's Berry Farm continues to draw Sunday worship

Posted Tuesday, April 15, 2003 5:01 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The Church of the Reflections makes its home inside Knott's Berry Farm, and continues to hold Sunday services. The church was rescued from demolition by Walter Knott in 1955 and moved to the park.

Read more from The Orange County Register.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2003 5:15 AM
Good to hear. But it was 1955. My grandparents were at the first service there.*** This post was edited by Snoopy 4/15/2003 9:18:01 AM ***
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Tuesday, April 15, 2003 7:39 AM
That's my lisdexia interfering again.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2003 6:52 PM
Hrm. I wonder if I could get a job there. That would definitely be my dream job. I could come up with all kinds of sermon illustrations about different coasters or something.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2003 7:38 PM
I remember looking at this church and wondering what it was for when I visited last year. It was a nice little church. If I had known it opened on sundays I would've gone.
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Tuesday, April 15, 2003 9:26 PM
Kinda funny how they're doing a story on it with just about a month before KBF announces their 2004 coaster, which will cause the Church to be moved next to Independance Hall across the street, don't 'cha think?
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Tuesday, April 15, 2003 11:30 PM
Who ever said that? For all we know the new 2004 ride could be in Wild Water Wilderness.
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Wednesday, April 16, 2003 12:39 AM
It's the only theme/amusement park in the U.S. with a church or anything Christian/religious in it. The Knott family were devout Christians and went thru very tough times during the depression, the reason Mrs. Knott starting serving her famous chicken dinners, causing Mr. Knott to build the Ghost Town and adding the church origionally from Downey, north of Buena Park.
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Wednesday, April 16, 2003 5:45 PM
That's really cool. I may make it to SoCal this summer, I hope I can pop in for a service.

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Friday, April 18, 2003 8:12 PM
Speedy...I guess you must have missed the post that mentioned what Jack said during Solace. The new ride will be built where the lake is now. Supposedly, it's also his "big ride" that he talked about a number of years ago. This spot was chosen because it is in the middle of the park away from homes and any noise complaints. So, it's easy to see how the church (and the chapel behind) would have to make way too if the ride is really going to be a big one. I've even heard that the Bottle House will be gone. Not sure what that means for the Stagecoach or Indian Trails though. I guess the Stagecoach lawn (and the Alien Haunt maze) will be history too. Don't know where they are going to put the Haunt mazes if they keep building on the few empty spaces they have left!
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Saturday, April 19, 2003 10:54 AM
Coasterbuf, guess you must have missed the parts at Solace where they said that none of the buildings in Ghost Town will be removed, though a couple may need some rebuilding. None are being moved.

And I really doubt that they would move the church. To much tradition and far more of an uproar than is necessary for a coaster. I think that you should just wait for the announcement to come in May instead of assuming that you know what is happening.

Oh, and also the lake is not going anywhere.

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Sunday, April 20, 2003 10:51 PM
Sir Willow,

Frankly, I didn't expect to be attacked, nor do I appreciate it. I only posted what I have heard from various sources....same as you just did. I certainly didn't state anything as definite as your "lake is not going anywhere" comment. So now who's assuming things? What's good for the goose as they say....

It would be nice to wait for an announcement, however as numerous events in the past (& even more recent with DL's Space Mtn.) have shown, if you wait for an announcment it is often too late to "see it one last time" before everything changes. Even more to the point, I am passionate about Knott's and regard it the way others regard DL. I try to archive everything now. So unfortunately, the attitude I have to take with Knott's in particular these days is that ANYTHING is subject to removal possibly. Too many times I have missed my chance (Sky Jump, Haunted Shack, Tumbler, Gran Slam XK-1, Soap Box, etc.) and I really regret not having that stuff on film now. Like your thinking on the Church, I thought some things would stay and never be touched. (Haunted Shack anyone? Talk about too much tradition!) I won't make that same mistake again.

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