Exploring Churches: Gain Insights to Enhance Your Visit.

Reconize what you see when you visit an English church. Find out what can be seen and somethimg of their history .
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  • Lectures 10
  • Length 1 hour
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  • Languages English, captions
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Published 3/2016 English Closed captions available

Course Description

In this informative guide you will learn why English churches are designed as they are, the purpose of many items found in them and some interesting historical facts which add further insights.

English churches share many features in common with other Christian churches across the world, so much the knowledge gained by taking this course can easily be applied to your local church or when you visit a church while travelling.

Starting with a general introduction to English church buildings you will be led on a tour from the steeple to the sanctuary. Along the way you will discover some engaging snippets from history and other interesting facts. Through the many images used you will be able to see examples of the various things described.

This is an introduction to what is really a large subject and even if you are already familiar with churches you are likely to find out things you did not know before.

What you discover here will be a useful guide when you visit churches. You will be able to explain to those visiting with you something about the various things you see.

What are the requirements?

  • A basic understanding of Christianity would be helpful but is not essential.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Confidently identify the main features of churches as well as many of the furnishings found in them.
  • Explain what has been learnt to others.
  • Share some interesting anecdotes from history.
  • Have a collection of unusual facts about churches to inform others

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is for those who like to visit churches either locally or when travelling.
  • You can benefit from this course if you attend Church but would like to know more about the building and how it is used..
  • This course is not for those who are already greatly involved in the life and work of the Church.

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Section 1: Introduction, Overview and Welcome

Identifying the shapes and sizes of churches and looking at one of the smallest in England.


Please introduce yourself.

Section 2: Churches Seen from the Outside

Examining steeples, towers and features found on church roofs.


There are some unusual item to be found on the exterior walls of churches which are worth looking for.

Steeple, Roof and Walls Quiz
3 questions
Section 3: Narthex and Nave

In this section the two main extensions of the church are explored. You will also discover several historical details, some of which are quite amusing.


Pews and their interesting history are examined.


A brief introduction to stained glass windows and the symbolism found in some of them.


A brief look at the history of pulpit and lectern and some styles of them.

3 questions

Why were church floors often covered with rushes?

Section 4: Choir and Sanctuary

Discover why the choir stalls face each other and what misericords are.


The altar as focal point of the church and other things that can be seen in the sanctuary.

Chancel Quiz
3 questions

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Instructor Biography

Janet Gentles, Promoter of the Paschal Light

For over forty years Janet has been researching and writing on Christian spirituality and Christian and Jewish mysticism.

* Extracts from her book 'Meditations on the Collects' have been quoted in the Church Times.
* Her biography of the first Jamaican Diocesan bishop. 'Percival Jamaica: His Life and Work' is to be found in the Henry Martyn Library, Cambridge University.
* Articles have been published in the Lay Reader (on the Labyrinth), the journal of the CSWG monastery (A Taste of Kabbalah) and elsewhere.
* Played an instrumental role in the preparation of the first edition of 'A Handbook for Anglicans' which is now widely used by the Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.
* Janet has guest lectured and given talks on spirituality to both undergraduate and postgraduate students at the United Theological College of the West Indies. She has also given talks to several Church groups...

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