Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Angling the Pews
From the website of New Mexico based Mazria, Inc.
"The seating arrangement in the Sanctuary is oriented at a 45 degree angle to the Bima, which reinforces the feeling of community during services."
In a older, traditional sanctuary with existing pews, simply changing their angle can make the space seem more friendly, less formal.
At my own church, which has a mixture of pews and chairs, space didn't permit a full 45 degrees, but several years ago we made a simple shift of about 30 degrees, which made quite a difference and was favorably received by the congregation. It also has the effect of better focusing the sight lines onto the center of the stage or the pulpit.