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EMILY ANNE WILLIAMS 101045744 RELI 1710 Professor Zeba Crook New Street Christian Reformed Church
1 Identification: On Sunday, October 09, 2016, attended a formal church service at New Street Christian Reformed Church in Burlington, Ontario. I choose to attend a Christian Reformed church that follows the traditions and theology of John Calvin- calling themselves Calvinist. [na16] The Nicene Creed, Apostles’ Creed, Belgic Confession, Heidelberg Catechism, and the Five Points of Calvinism (remembered by the acrostic T.U.L.I.P) are creeds and confessions that most Calvinist churches follow and are the main ones for the Christian Reformed Church [Jon16] [wik16]. Attending this formal service, I had the opportunity to listen to the pastor and afterwards ask a number of questions about this church and their denomination. Building: The church is rectangular in shape and made of beige brick. There is a small white steeple on top. The church has two main entrances that people use on Sunday morning, one is by the main road and one is by the side parking lot. The front entrance leads into the sanctuary and the other entrance into an open area- they call the Fellowship Hall- where after the service the congregation is invited to chat and have coffee. The sanctuary is very open and instead of having pews it has renovated to padded chairs. At the front of the sanctuary is a wooden cross. The sanctuary has small stain glass windows, but they are squares of colour and not designed to look like anything. Both the Fellowship Hall and the basement have posters and children’s artwork hanging on the walls. The basement also has classrooms that the children go to too learn about the bible and do crafts. The building is simple in design and easy to navigate. Any church that considers themselves to be based in the Calvinist theologies are usually simple in design of the building and in décor, typically not having a lot of icons. The icons they
2 do have are one’s such as: the cross, ichthys, doves, and flames (or tongues of fire). The cross

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