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A place of Christian worship.

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RE Coursework Option 1 - A Place of Christian Worship Introduction This coursework is about the place of Christian worship, and that is the Church. This project is split into 2 sections: facts about the Church, descriptions of the 10 main features in a church, and the role of a priest/vicar. The second part refers to the question, "You do not have to go to church to be a good Christian?" to be answered with five arguments for and five arguments against this question and with my own viewpoint. Section A Facts about the Church What is a church? People just think it is a building for Christians, but that is not entirely true. The closest translation of "Church" is from the Greek word "Ekklesia" and it means the "Lords House"; this was used to describe a place of Christian worship. Church can be attended by anyone, not just Christians. They come to worship Jesus and pray to God and to give thanks, to celebrate, or to request help. Celebrations are also held in the Church, as well as choirs and religious singing. The church is a unique design and a parish church is a cross-shaped building. How did the church begin? It all began after Jesus ascended. The twelve disciples met every day to talk about him, but no one really knew what to do. Jesus had been their friend and their guide and now they felt lost and frightened without him. On one particular day they were all together in one room praying and sitting quietly when, all of a sudden it felt like there was a strong wind blowing. It wasn't from outside but from inside. Then a fire appeared floating in the air in the middle of the room, and little flames came out of the fire and touched each person. The fire and the wind were from Jesus and it meant they were being filled with God's Spirit, and they were no longer frightened. ...read more.

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These are the seats that people who come in to worship sit on. They are long, backed bench in rows. They are split up: there are rows of pews of the left of the church, and rows of pews on the right. There is a gap in the middle. They face the front to show the importance of the altar. The word pew came from the French word 'Puie', which means 'a raised place.' Many pews have carvings on the bench ends and at the top of the carvings; there may be an animal head or a figure. Pipe Organ- This is a musical instrument in Church. It is a piano or a keyboard with organ pipes on the top, which make it sound different. The organ is an instrument, which has flowing air to make a sound that is loud, deep, and broad, and an echoing sound. These properties are ideal for the Church and also it has an advantage because only one person has to play the keyboard/piano. The pipe organ though has a richer and more complex sound produced than with any other single instrument. The sound is like the sound out of a flute. Organ came from the Greek word 'organon' which means 'an instrument.' The organ is used before, during and after the end of the Church services. The Pipe organ lightens the Church up in many ways. It brings peace and clears people minds. Christians have a soothing feeling going through there bodies. The choir who are singing find it easier to sing with an organ and it supports them. Pulpit- The pulpit is a raised platform in the church, from which a sermon (religious lecture) is preached. The word comes from the Latin word 'pulpitum' that means 'platform or stage'. The pulpit usually is located on the left of the altar (unlike the Lectern which is on the right of the altar). ...read more.

Conclusion

It shows how the Church can change peoples lives to make them better and that applies to many other faiths. And lastly the priest in the Church leads the contingent in celebrations: Lent, Good Friday, Easter, Holy Communion, Ascension, Pentecost, Advent and Christmas. Christians celebrate these to show their love and affection to Jesus, as they are a celebration of Jesus life. Going to Church means that you can celebrate these and pray to Jesus. You can learn from these celebrations and good Christians go to receive forgiveness for their sins. They thank God for sending his son (Jesus) down to the world. Going to Church and celebrating these events shows you are closer to God and Jesus. You have a stronger link to God and Jesus, if you celebrate these events. My Conclusion I think that you don't have to go to Church to be a good Christian because going to Church you can learn all these good things and learn to live your life better. But I think you can do most of that without going to Church. A good Christian is to do things right and which is needed such as helping the poor. But not to do the less important thing which is to go to church and listen to sermons everyday. Jesus helped people so Christians should do the same. Christians go to Church to listen to sermons listen to bible passages and praying to God and Jesus. Main objectives for a good Christian is to pray to God, which you can do out of Church, you can read the bible, by gathering as friends to read and learn the bible, and you can listen to sermons by also by having a gathering of friends and listen to one an other and each will help each other. Going to Church and listening to sermons gives you advice but it isn't essential for you to live your life. God is around everywhere and he would agree that going to church is good but not always needed. 1 ...read more.

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