Church Seating — Beyond The Pew And Theater Seating

[U] From the pew to the U — church seating makes a difference. I grew up sitting in church pews (long, uncomfortable, wooden benches) and seeing the backs of people’s heads in front of me — not much interaction in that.  (Now it is popular for churches to use chairs in theater seating.)
[U] Then I encountered the living, resurrected Jesus and became part of a campus group of believers meeting in a dorm lobby. We sat around the room where we could see each others’ faces. It was amazing watching people worship Christ and seeing His glory on their faces!
[U] When we started The Salvation Army Berry Street, we moved out the pews and experimented with seating. We put chairs in various formations — a V-formation, a semi-circle, and even around tables.
[U] The past year or so we’ve had the chairs in a U-formation — 3 rows deep. It seems to be the best arrangement yet, allowing us to see each others’ faces as we sing and as various people share testimonies, Scriptures, words of encouragement, and gifts of the Spirit.
[U] We invite you to come and experience God working in the Berry Street U!  Sunday mornings at 10:45, 225 Berry St., Nashville, 37207. 

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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