Date: Mon, 18 Jul 1994 12:58:07 -0700 From: madonna[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]VIOLET.BERKELEY.EDU Subject: Re: Church house Years ago, when I lived in Providence, RI, I worked as a volunteer guide for the Meeting House of the First Baptist Church in America. We were told that for Baptists, the "church" is the congregation, the group of believers, and the "meeting house" is the room where they meet. There was a Baptist "church" long before there was a "meeting house;" the original congregation consisted of about 7 people, and they met in each other's houses. It doesn't surprise me that other American Baptists modify "church" with "house" to express what other sects may be able to cover with one word. I think Stan Lemons' history of First Baptist Church in America makes reference to the use of "meeting house" throughout New England. Sylvia madonna[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]