Worth mentioning a few things Hubby and I saw at church last Sunday that I thought were very clever. Worth mentioning now since said church is more more likely than ever to be demolished.
- No printed orders of service. Of course, why would a Christian Science service need them, seeing as they’re a regular as an atomic clock. All a visitor neds to know is the Lord’s Prayer (which really should be printed somewhere; it isn’t a universally known prayer, and the Christian Scientists parse it in a distinctive way) and what hymns are appointed. Instead, visitors get a copy of the citations-edition of their Bible lesson publication, for the responsive reading and with which to follow along should they want to review the texts at home. Not having a newsletter in the pews removes a distraction, which seems like a plus.
- I love the hymn board. Really small pins in the wall from which thin metal numbers are hung. Again, with this, you don’t need a printed order of service, in case you wondered what churches did before local, cheap duplication.
- There were exactly three items in the hymnal rack: the hymnal, a special envelope for donations and a little pamphlet. Frankly, the pamphlet was terribly ugly but the format was interesting. Perhaps half a sheet of letter paper (8.5×5.5 inches) folded like a M into four narrow columns. Smaller than a normal pamphlet and convenient as a bookmark. I’d be tempted to stash this bookmark-pamphlet even if I trashed pamphlets in the usual format.