Moving Methodism: 1001 things to do with pews (once they are out of the Church)

1001 things to do with pews (once they are out of the Church)

Please write the following 1001 times:

When the pews are out of the building you may sell them, recycle them or donate them to the nearest Anglican Church. We do not care. Just get them out of Church!


Please note that currently this is not the official policy of the Methodist Church in Great Britain – but it should be :-)

11 thoughts on “Moving Methodism: 1001 things to do with pews (once they are out of the Church)

  1. Peter Kirk

    Please don’t give them to your nearest Anglican church! We don’t want them! We are trying to get rid of them, as quickly as we can get permission and funds to do so. We want to be “Moving” too!

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  2. Christine Dutton

    Why not commission a sculpture encapsulating the vision of where you hope to go out of the pews (or pulpit). This could be a recognition of the testament of faith of those who have worshipped in the past and shared their journey and walk with us. It might also aid those who are finding the transition difficult. And while we’re at it we can have a dedication service for the sculpture/a art piece which bridges the two phases of a renovation scheme?

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  3. Sam Norton

    One of my happiest moments of recent days was receiving the faculty (official approval) for removing the pews from one of my churches. Awful things. Sadly one of my churches will have pews for the foreseeable future – like 100 years – because they were only installed 25 years ago and they were all inscribed with the names of the nearest and dearest of the existing congregation….

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  4. Rhea

    What’s so bad about pews?
    I ask this sincerely. In all honesty, b/c of the structure/architecture of some auditoriums/sanctuaries, pews seem to make the most sense.
    I’m not sure how it is in the UK, but in America there seems to be this growing sub-group within Christianity that likes to hate on anything ‘traditional’. Basically, their mentality is: if it’s something that the church did 50 years ago, then regardless of what it is, it must be wrong and we should make fun of it until we get rid of it’.

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  5. Dave Warnock

    Rhea,
    You are in danger of starting me on a rant here :-)
    I’ll need to write another post 2001 reasons why pews are bad.
    This is not an attack on tradition, pews are (at least in the view of one friend) a recent invention (last few hundred years or so).
    Pews stifle creativity, they stifle interaction reducing congregations to passive consumers of professional worship. They are uncomfortable. They are bad for community. They are about control & hierarchy. …

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  6. 42

    15 reasons why pews are bad

    In a comment on 42: Moving Methodism: 1001 things to do with pews (once they are out of the Church) Rhea asks: What’s so bad about pews? So here is a list of bad things about pews: They change the…

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  7. Mark Adams

    Many of your objections can be met by sawing the pews into 3 seat sections that can be arranged / moved easily. Of course, it depends on the size/weight/quality of the wood….

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  8. Dave Warnock

    Mark,
    Agree with Peter, plus some are built into side walls so don’t have an end.
    I would be concerned about the stability of these 3 seat sections, most pews can only be as narrow as they are because they are fixed to the floor/ground.
    You would need plenty of extras as people will rarely sit 3 to a 3 seater pew so you will use a lot of space.
    Plus what a storage nightmare. Where would you put the ones you don’t need for a particular service or event.
    Sorry unconvinced – but if you want to come and take the pews from all our churches to try this somewhere else then be my guest.

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