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Central Congregational UCC in Atlanta, GA

The sanctuary of Central Congregational UCC in Atlanta looks out upon 8 acres of woods, which the congregation has been working to restore.
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An Atlanta church restores its forest and helps urban residents connect with God and nature

Under the guidance of a visionary minister and an energetic lay leader, Central Congregational UCC turned its overgrown 8-acre forest into a nature preserve. The payoff has been far greater than the church expected.

Church services at Bethlehem Church

A small boy eyes the waters of baptism during worship at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Photos by T.J. Hamilton/SaboPR

A Grand Rapids church chooses people over historic space

Eight years ago, a Grand Rapids congregation left its stately but deteriorating church for a plain, empty building in a tough part of town. Today, the risk has paid off with a smaller but committed congregation heavily involved in neighborhood ministry.

Man reading a book and eating breakfast

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Jane Armstrong: People are indifferent to the church

A 2014 Canadian survey shows that many people don’t have passionate feelings about the church -- either for or against. At the same time, many have misperceptions that might keep them away from church life, says the researcher who conducted the survey.

Installation at Tabernacle Baptist Church

Cheesecloth banners, papier-mâché and other inexpensive materials are used to create the installations in the 128-year-old sanctuary of Tabernacle Baptist Church.
Photo courtesy of Tabernacle Baptist Church

10 tips for incorporating installations into worship

Vivid installations that change with the liturgical seasons are an integral part of worship at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia. The Rev. Sterling Severns shares advice for congregations that wish to experiment with this kind of creative visual approach to worship.

Installation at Tabernacle Baptist Church

Installations in the sanctuary at Tabernacle Baptist Church are designed to enhance the worship experience. This year's Lenten installation features a crown of thorns with long swaths of cheesecloth dyed in many colors to illustrate the theme of reconciliation.
Photos courtesy of Tabernacle Baptist Church

A congregation deepens worship with collaborative visual displays

Using materials as simple as duct tape, cloth and cinder block, the staff and laypeople at Tabernacle Baptist Church create visual installations that immerse the congregation -- including a significant population of Burmese refugees -- in the worship experience.

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