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"Too much time and money is being spent on church buildings" Is this fair?

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By: Ruth Matchett Contents Page 1............................................................................Diagram of place of worship Page 2............................................................................Introduction Page 3............................................................................Baptismal Font Page 4............................................................................Lectern Page 5............................................................................"Too much time and money is Being spent on church Buildings" Is this fair? Introduction The Christian church began 2000 years ago in Jerusalem. However the first Christians did not have special buildings, they would simply gather together in each others houses to pray. At first there was just one group of churches and they all worshipped God in a similar way but by the year 1054ce Christians started to disagree over their beliefs and how God should be worshiped. This resulted in the church splitting into two branches; the Roman Catholic Church which was based in Rome and the Orthodox Church which was based in turkey. The word church has two meanings: It can be the place where Christians worship gad and can also be the name of the people who worship in that place. The place that I worship is called Glengormley Methodist Church. It was founded in 1854 and is quite a modern church. It is situated on the outskirts of Glengormley but near the main road for easy access. ...read more.

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All the furniture in the church is plain as we believe in worshipping god in simplicity. Baptismal Font This is a receptacle for water, used for baptism. Early Christian baptism took place by total immersion, so the baptismal font was large and generally built into the floor of a separate building. Later, particularly in northern Europe, child baptism replaced adult baptism so the font could be made smaller. The bowl is filed with holy water which is sometimes donated by members who have been to the Holy land. The font in my church is situated beside the communion table. In the baptizing ceremony for babies, the baby is required to wear a gown in white to symbolize a traditional sign of purity. You are baptized as a baby so you are brought up in the way of god in a Christian family. Our service varies from that of a Baptist as Baptists have a baptismal tank. This tank is then filled full of holy water and the person actually descends into the water. Baptists believe that you have to be committed Christian before you are baptized. In our service we believe is it right to baptize children as in the bible Jesus baptized small infants. ...read more.

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I went to church every Friday night along with some other people to help design them and it made me feel part of the church community. On the other hand some people believe that there is just too much money spent on churches. For example the Roman Catholic Church. There is definitely a clear contrast between my church and that of a chapel as the Catholic church is more ornate and the donations made by the congregation goes towards the up keep of the church as it is hard to keep, rather than the Methodist church which is more simplistic needs less money to keep it and so the donations can go towards over seas missions and community based projects. In my opinion I think that there is too much money spent on churches. Even though the money is used to make the church more modern and attractive to the community I feel it could be used to help theses in need in far off countries who may not have heard of god, or people who don't have churches or bibles. Donated money could be used to send the youth group on a short term mission to give poor town bibles and teach them about god. This could be more educational and worthwhile. ...read more.

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