- 1A building used for public Christian worship: the church was largely rebuilt at the end of the 15th century some people go to church every Sunday after church we went to a restaurant [in names]: St Luke’s ChurchMore example sentences
- In addition, I was privileged to preach in several other churches in the Manila area.
- The bells of Catholic and Protestant churches rang out across Germany at noon.
- Two practices important to Christian worship usually take place in churches.
- 1.1 (Church) A particular Christian organization with its own clergy, buildings, and distinctive doctrines: the Church of EnglandMore example sentences
- The Religious Society of Friends and the Presbyterian Church in Ireland declined to join.
- An example would be An Australian Prayer Book, which is used in the Anglican Church.
- Let me be a force for you in my life, my Church, my Community, my City, and my Country!
- 1.2 (the Church) The hierarchy of clergy within a particular Christian Church: Isobel would enter the Church as a deaconMore example sentences
- There is no place in the life of the Church or the Christian for such participation.
- The Church has to set an example to the public by healing such an internal conflict without sacrificing lives.
- The Church has no choice but to act - and to be be seen to act - in such circumstances.
- 1.3 [mass noun] Institutionalized religion as a political or social force: the separation of church and stateMore example sentences
- Freedom of religion and separation of church and state are not the same things.
- Many evangelical Protestants also want to erode the separation of church and state.
- After savage wars the European conflict was resolved by a separation of church and state.
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- Take (a woman who has recently given birth) to church for a service of thanksgiving.More example sentences
- The presence of these four additional women, all with candles, alongside Mary's human spouse, suggests a connection to the churching ritual, observed by husbands and wives in fifteenth-century Arras.
- A group of married women might go together after a christening or a churching.
- The rite of churching (originally purification, later just thanksgiving), unenforced but very popular, symbolically marked the end of lying-in.
Old English cir(i)ce, cyr(i)ce, related to Dutch kerk and German Kirche, based on medieval Greek kurikon, from Greek kuriakon (dōma) 'Lord's (house)', from kurios 'master or lord'. Compare with kirk.