Christianity Course Work
a. Visit two local Christian places of worship. Using pictures and/or diagrams describe and explain the main features of the buildings and their furnishings.
For my studies of Christian places of worship I chose The Vine Baptist Church in Sevenoaks and Saint MaryÃÂ´s Roman Catholic Church in Bridgend. As a neutral point of comparison I also studied the Anglican Church of Saint Bartholomew in Merthyr Mawr, Bridgend.
In both the Roman Catholic and the Anglican churches there were fonts, but they were situated in different places in the church.
Anglican font Roman Catholic font
In the Anglican church the font was at the back by the door, whereas in the Roman Catholic church it was to the left side of the altar. Both the fonts were carved from stone and of a similar size. In the Baptist church there was no font but instead there was a Baptismal pool under the floor.
In all three churches there was also a pulpit, although in the Baptist church it was unused and in the Anglican it was partly unused. In the Baptist church the pulpit was in the center of the chancel behind the lord's table. In both the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches the pulpit was to the left of the altar.
Anglican pulpit Baptist pulpit
In the Roman Catholic church the pulpit was a simple, small wooden structure; similar to a lectern in design, whereas in both the Baptist and Anglican churches the pulpit was much larger and more ornate.
A Roman Catholic combined pulpit and lectern
Inside the Anglican and Baptist churches there was, in addition, a lectern, from which the main part of the service was conducted. These were smaller and simpler than the pulpit and were also closer to the...