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The design of Christ Church’s Sanctuary was in response to our Congregation’s desire to reverently worship our God. When advised that constructing a sanctuary first would limit funds for office and educational space, members responded without hesitation, “we want to worship!”
This was the spirit which guided our architectural team in designing a suitable place for Christ Church, Presbyterian to meet and worship corporately.
As the worshipper enters the high-ceilinged Sanctuary space, after moving through the subdued and quiet narthex, they experience a sense of awe as their eyes are drawn upward to light streaming in from high arched windows. The folded plates of the ceiling reflect and diffuse sound while emulating the vaulted ceilings of older church sanctuaries
The three windows prominently located above the pulpit signify the three Persons of the Godhead superintending the Word of God as it’s preached to His people. The high central pulpit is elevated above adjacent platforms to exemplify the pre-eminent place of God’s Word over Church tradition.
The sounding board is a design element which further accentuates the pulpit and was a traditional means of amplifying the spoken word. This feature was an important component in designing a space in which the properties of the room, with its high ceilings and walls, contribute much to the sound quality of music sung and played without amplification.
Although music is an important part of worship at Christ Church, it was important that choir members and musicians not be a visual distraction during worship, so the choir is located in a loft at the rear of the Sanctuary, a traditional location in most early European churches.
The exterior of Christ Church’s Sanctuary was designed in carpenter- gothic style which utilizes traditional board and batten siding and buttresses to emulate the soaring cathedral structures of Europe.
Praise be to God for He is our strength and salvation!