(1) Worship Spaces and Their Ancillaries. This group includes the
major and minor assembly spaces used for worship, baptistry, sacristy, vestry,
choir and music room, chapel of reservation, reconciliation room(s),
concourse, storage space for liturgical furnishings, and any other supporting
(2) Social Area and Its Ancillaries. This group includes the
fellowship space, kitchen, storage, outdoor patio, lanai or court used for
informal gatherings, and service access; it is desirable that the concourse
mentioned in (1) above should serve this group also.
(3) Administrative Spaces. This group includes chaplain's office(s)
and staff space(s), reception space, and storage. Access may be from the
concourse, but in large facilities a separate weekday access may be appropriate.
(4) Religious Education and Multi-Purpose Spaces. This group
includes rooms for teaching, conferences, meetings of various types,
recreational and self-improvement activities, storage spaces and play yards.
The social space noted in (2) above is available for religious education
activity. Secondary entrances may give access. The office for staff responsible
for religious education may be located in this group.
(5) Service and Utility Spaces. Toilets, mechanical rooms, custodial
rooms, and building storage are deployed for convenience. Because mechanical
maintenance and site maintenance is furnished by personnel of the Public Works
Office major mechanical rooms should be accessible without entering the
Further Comments on Flexible Use. As much as possible, spaces should
be planned to serve a variety of functions. Because the capacity of worship
spaces cannot be planned to accommodate attendance on festival days, the
concourse or the social hall should be so related to the major worship space
that overflow seating can be supplied. Movable partitions can be provided. As a
less desirable solution, sound and video can be piped into overflow areas.
Secondary worship spaces may serve as places for private devotional
exercises. Libraries may be conference and teaching rooms. The concourse may,
if properly planned, serve as a social hall; it may also serve as reception or
waiting space, or as a "cry room". A classroom may serve as music or choir
room or as a bride's room. Even a kitchen may serve for teaching. Restrooms
may also be dressing rooms for baptismal candidates (and need to be so
designed). A storage room may sometimes function as a projection room for a
direct or a rear screen system.