Field Trip

Over the last couple of weeks, I have started my series of church building visits. Before I write them up, I thought I would write a little bit about what I am looking for.

My main aim is to see what the building says about Christianity in its presentation. These are the questions I am asking so far. I expect the list will grow as I visit more places.

  • What is the first thing you see when you walk through the door?
  • What do the noticeboards say? What impression do the notices give of the life of the Church?
  • Are there interpretation boards or information leaflets?
  • What do they say about Christianity?
  • What pre-existing knowledge of Christianity do they assume?
  • What features of the building are explained? Is there anything unusual left without explanation?
  • Is there a link to a Church website?
  • What does the website say about Christianity?
  • Are there any multi-media resources?
  • What do the various forms of interpretation invite you to do while in the church building?
  • Donations boxes: what is the reason suggested for giving?

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