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hymn • pew • stained
friendly • atmosphere
  1. This note means you should open your book to page 154.
  2. I don't think I can handle being in a loud like that tonight.
  3. This restaurant has a reputation as a place.
  4. They just put a huge glass window in at the church.
  5. They always sit in the first when they go to church.
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479 Church Decor
Ruth describes the interior of her church.

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hymn book

There's normally someone at the door who greets you and they give you a hymn book.

A 'hymn book' has religious songs in it that are used during church services. Notice the following:

  1. What page is this song in the hymn book?
  2. We can just share a hymn book.


In the main part of the church, we sit on pews.

'Pews' are the long, wooden benches that are found in churches. Notice the following:

  1. Are there enough pews in the church for all the people in your wedding?
  2. We saved a place for you in our pew.

stained glass windows

There are lots of stained glass windows in my church.

A 'stained glass window' is made out of many pieces of colored glass to create a picture that is very colorful when the light shines through. Notice the following:

  1. There is a class that teaches you to make stained glass windows that I want to take.
  2. I love that new stained glass window you put in the bathroom.


I really like my church; I like the atmosphere there.

The 'atmosphere' of a place is how all the sights, sounds, smells, and people combine to create a special feeling. Notice the following:

  1. The library is not always the best atmosphere to study.
  2. This bar always has a fun atmosphere.

friendly place

I really think my church is a friendly place.

A 'friendly place feels warm and inviting. The people and the atmosphere make you feel comfortable there. Notice the following:

  1. You can tell as soon as you arrive in the town that it's a very friendly place.
  2. My grandparents' house has always been a very friendly place for me.