If you’ve ever been in a church, you’ve probably seen that bit of church furniture commonly called churchpews. Church pews are typically arrayed in lines or a semicircle facing the front of the church, and we’ve been using them for a long time. Before the Protestant Reformation that began in the year 1517, most churches didn’t have churchpews. At least not permanent ones. So how did they come to be as important a part of the modern church building as the church steeple or the portable baptismal pool, and how have they changed over the years?
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Churches are some of the most revered and important buildings in existence today, and these buildings are incredibly important to maintain! Here are some cool facts about churches that you probably never knew:
- Believe it or not, church pews actually weren’t always a natural part of churches. For about 1,000 years, in fact, churches typically didn’t have any pews at all. During the mid-1800s, the Church of England had “rental pews” for congregants to purchase as a way to raise money. No money, no sitting!
- Some of the reason for this is because Christianity, during its early days, was prohibited in certain societies. Christians were forced to worship in secret in their homes, rather than having a public Continue Reading