Church Visit

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I visited Bethlehem Baptist church in downtown Minneapolis; this was my first time inside a church. The church building was like a large hall with comfortable chairs set out in a carpeted area facing a raised platform with two levels. My tour guide was the deacon of the church (Byron). He explained that their Sunday worship services begin at 10.30 am and 6.30 pm and typically last just over an hour. As you enter, you should be welcomed by a steward and be given a copy of the weekly notice sheet. You can have a song book if you want one but most songs are projected onto the screen at the front of the church. If the steward realizes that this is your first visit to TBC, she (or he) should also give you a welcome leaflet called "What's on Offer”. You can sit anywhere (other than on the platform!). They don't have reserved seats and people do not have their "own seat". Sit down, try to relax and take in everything around you... he said we know visitors can feel worried about when to stand up or sit down so we try to explain what to do as we go through our services. In front of you on the upper or lower platform there is usually a plain wooden table, some chairs, a lectern, some flowers, and a screen for the video projector. There will also be microphones and any special equipment to be used during the service. You probably won't see it, but under the lower platform is a concealed baptismal pool - the platform covers are removed when it is going to be used and it is filled with water. On the wall above the platform is a plain wooden cross. The church logo projected onto the screen. To the right of the platform are an organ, a grand piano, and a drum set. There may be some other musicians as well. To the left of the platform are doors through to the rest of the premises including the church hall? There was a treasury box on the wall at the rear. He joked about how they don't take up collections (offerings) during our services so don't worry if you don't have any money...
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