Tuesday, October 31, 2006

What do we call the building where the church meets?

Have been chatting a bit with a few people at Franga CoC about what we should call the building where some of our congregations meet as a church.

Obviously the church is the people gathered together, nott he building, but so often I catch myself, and others, calling the building the church.

It's a force of habit I think we need to change. It may seem like only a small issue, but is probably more important than we think.

It's not a problem with the Huddle as meet in homes, but for our Sunday morning and evening congregations and others involved in the life of the church, these little things do make a difference.

So far we've been tossing around ideas like'The Resource Centre" "Community Resource Centre" "Red Brick Building" "130" but clearly none of those are going to do the job. Let me know if you've got any ideas.

21 comments:

Digger said...

Judging by your inappropriate comments last night Harry, you'd probably be up for that!

Anonymous said...

The House of god, Or the house of the powers that be

waynemus said...

The chapel. But then obviously that's the worship wing of the church building.

Mase said...

Hey digs!!
I totally been thinking about the same thing!!! And it's hard, because if non-church ppl say to me 'where are ya going?' or something, if i say 'church' they understand, but if i say 'the resource centre' they're like 'whaaa?'. I've been calling it the church's building a little bit lately. but unfortunately if we come up with cool name, only the 'in' people will understand what it means! Maybe a name similar to the idea of a 'community hall' would work!? keep me posted on your ideas for this!

Digger said...

Yeah na see there's a whole lot of language there to be careful of too Wayne. What do you mean by 'worship wing'? Does that mean thats the only place you can worship? Is worship something you can do, or is it something you live?

I'm thinking more of a name for the whole building, rather than just a particular room, which I think is what you're saying.

So what do you mean by 'that it would only be a name used by those that are in Mase'? My idea would be that it would be an official thing, that everybody from the church took on.

If nothing else, it would be so we could take out the 10-15 times each week that the building is referred to as the church in the Friendly Word...

mase said...

my 'in' comment meant for those that are a part of FCOC...what about people who aren't...actually, most likely a great conversation starter!!! Yeah, i was thinking an official type name too. see where things go, hey!

mase said...

sorry, not sure that last comment made sense::: in other words, those who are a part of FCOC would no what 'the name' was referring to, but those we talk to every day who aren't a part of the church, may not. But, not like that matters! As i said above, it's a great convo starter, and i'm up for anything that challenges peoples understandings and set ideas...gotta break down that idea in society that church is the building!!!!!!!! it annoys me no end!

owl said...

Bretho churches meet in a Chapel - other
groups have used this term for ages too.

Digger said...

Yeah don't worry, I'm picking up what you're putting down Mase. I reckon could totally be a good convo starter, and yeah, get people thinking more.

Yeah see I reckon Owl that that has too 'churchy' connotations for my liking. I'd prefer a name that wouldn't reinforce the stereotype about the building being a special place just for worship, which for me, Chapel does. Know what I mean?

waynemus said...

Ok Digs, obviouslly it's hard to communicate ideas without being limited by the terminology of the past. Obviouslly that's what this whole disussion is about, refocusing a congregation's attitudes towards a building they regularly meet in.

I accept that we can worship in any and every situation that we find our selves, as God's potential can not be limited.

What I was saying is that most churches title the area of the church they use for the more traditional "praise and worship" sessions, the chapel, so this may provide barriers to call the whole building by that title.

mase said...

funny thing is, waynemus, that we call the official chapel the 'pizza room' (it's in the shape of a pizza!), and our 'church services' aren't even in that room! so that stereotype isn't really a prob for us anyway!!
mase

Digger said...

Yeah nice, now I get what ur saying Wayne. Good point mate. Cheers

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