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Church Tours

Come & see inside different types of church buildings

Church buildings come in all shapes and sizes. Take a guided tour around a few church buildings belonging to different Christian denominations.

What do they have in common?

What makes them different?

What do they have in common?

What makes them different?

Can you spot a font, a pulpit and a lectern?

What art is in each building? What are the windows like?

Can you spot a cross in each church? Why do Christian churches have crosses in them?

 

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