Hello to all the kids of Trinity Church! I hope your February is going well. Are you ready for Valentine’s Day? Dogs aren’t supposed to have chocolate, so my family gives me a special Valentine’s cookie that’s made especially for dogs. It’s pretty awesome.
You know what else I love? Answering questions from my friends! I have one from Ms. Jennifer’s Sunday School class. They were learning about how some churches are shaped like a cross, and they asked why Trinity doesn’t have a cross shape. Good question!
Do you play Scrabble? It’s a fun board game where you spell out words. I have a good one for you: cruciform. Churches that are in the shape of a cross are said to have a cruciform architecture. That’s just a fancy way of saying they are built in the shape of a cross. Sometimes you can see the shape by looking at the outside of the building. But, that’s not true with Trinity. You need to be inside the sanctuary to see it. In fact, to see the shape best, you really should be standing in the balcony.
Check out the picture of the sanctuary. We drew in an outline of the cross to let you see it better. The center aisle makes up the long part of the cross. The shorter “arms” of the cross are called the transepts. The top of our cross ends with the organ.
Here’s another fun fact: the altar (top) end of the cross is pointing to the east. Do you remember why the east is so important in the Bible? I’ll give you a hint. It has something to do with a star. The star that symbolized the birth of Jesus appeared in the East. Also, when we face east, we face Jerusalem.
Thanks for your question. Do you have a question you’d like me to answer? Ask away!
Don’t forget my motto: Paws for Jesus!