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.
Identifying the shapes and sizes of churches and looking at one of the smallest in England.
Please introduce yourself.
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.
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.
Why were church floors often covered with rushes?
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.
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...