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Discussion in 'Forum for Polls' started by FriendofSpurgeon, Apr 27, 2008.
What types of churches are your town?
I just marked for the town I lived in, although I live in the burbs, and one of all kinds is certainly nearby.
I voted based on the geographical boundaries of the borough in which I both live and work. The most dominant grouping here is Anglican (surprise, surprise, as we are the Establishment) (11), followed by Catholic (5), Baptist (4, including a Strict and Particular one), Methodist (3) and Lutheran (1). Although we don't have Presbyterians in England, I ticked that box as they merged with the Congregationalists in 1971 as the United Reform Church and we have 3 URC congregations in the borough. Similarly, we don't have any outfit called Calvary Chapel but I ticked that as I thought it referred to some kind of Plymouth Brethren set-up and we have 5 of those (4 Open Brethren and 1 Taylorite Exclusive Brethren).
I notice that Orthodox wasn't in the options - any reason for that?
Palatka has a Church on every block. It must have the most Churches per capita than any other city. Almost all denominations are represented, Baptist being the most prominent. :godisgood:
Not being pernickety (honest!! :laugh: ) but there are still Presbyterian churches in England, as there are still some Congregational ones. Not every Congregation and Presbyterian church was part of the merger in 1972 which resulted in the so-called United Reformed Church. We also have churches that are part of the Calvary Chapel setup. Try doing a search at www.google.co.uk for "Calvary Chapel", specifying "pages from the UK". There are Calvary Chapels in Oxford, Twickenham, Southampton, Mansfield, Norwich, Birmingham, and many others.
I was vaguely aware of that (non-URCs). We just don't have any round here. I presume that Calvary Chapels are part of the Brethren set-up though?
I am in a suburb of Washington, DC, and it is certainly true that you can find just about anything here. One street in the city -- 16th St., NW -- is a prestigious street that runs the entire length of the city from its northern bounday to the White House at the south, and on it face numerous churches and other religious groups, from Baptists, including a Seventh-Day Baptist congregation, to Orthodox (Greek, Antiochian), and on and on.
Similarly, in Silver Spring, where I live, in more recent years there has developed a row of churches and other groups on New Hampshire Ave. Most but not all are ethnic ... Koreans, Ukrainians (two kinds -- one Orthodox, one Roman Catholic), Vietnamese Catholic, Muslim, Buddhist, on and on. Quite a remarkable ride.
Incidentally, I notice that the poll does not include any historically African-American denomination.
First Baptist (Northern Baptist)
Second Baptist (African American)
Lincoln Bible (Southern Baptist)
Park Meadows Baptist (Independent)
Good Shephard Lutheran
Kingdom Life Ministries (not sure)
Neighbors to Nations (non-denon charismatic)
Allen Chapel (African-American Episcopal)
Faith Assembly of God
Holy Family (Catholic)
Lincoln Christian (Christian)
Jefferson Street Christian (Christian)
Lincoln Church of God
Trinity Episcopal Church
Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall
First United Methodist
Lincoln Hill (F.M.C.)
Church of the Nazarene
Full Gospel Tabernacle
First Cumberland Presbyterian
First Presbyterian (PCUSA)
St. John United Church of Christ
I imagine you are right; the nearest I could find reference to, is at Thornton Heath, almost 40 miles from you.
I don't really know but I don't think so. I see from the Internet that Calvary Chapels were a breakaway from a denomination known as the "International Church of the Foursquare Gospel".
Thornton Heath? That's London! The nearest Presby place I'd heard of was a Paisleyite Free Presbyterian Church in East Sussex (Eastbourne or Hastings IIRC) of all places! (I wouldn't have thought that your average south-eastern Englishman was into that kind of thing, but I guess Big Ian got around a bit in his younger days.)
We have a lot of NON- stuff around here.
I call them 'non-'churches, because they are 'non-'everything. They have no definition except 'make people feel good and have good attendance'.
Sorry - I wasn't very clear. I meant the nearest Congregational church that had not taken part in the merger of 1972. And that is only "as far as I know" - there could well be one much nearer.
I've looked up the Calvary Chapels and see that they are nothing to do with the Brethren. I can confirm that we have no such churches in Fareham Borough, although David says he's found one in Southampton, which is only eight or so miles from us.
[ETA - having read their webpage, they seem to be largely planted in the Chinese community there, which would explain perhaps why I'd never heard of them]
I voted for churches directly in town, not in the outlaying are.
further out but still have our towns name as their address
charismatic non denom
I used our zip code (which covers much more than our city limits):
Pentecostal (3 or 4)
Baptist (5 or so)
Church of Christ (2)
Methodist (3 or 4)
and a few non-denominational
I live in a large city, so we have everything.
I live in NE Philly. There are churches of all these kinds here, plus more. When we first moved here we started visiting only Baptist churches in the area. We found American Baptist, Southern, Conservative, and Independent Fundamental.
We have all of those, plus a Unitarian Universalist Church, a HUGE Hindu Temple, and a Muslim Mosque.
Link to the new Hindu Temple: http://www.wsbtv.com/news/13949955/detail.html
All of them - including many other.