Telephone and intercoms, Provisions for office telephones and
intercom systems are made, and public telephones are located where they are
accessible. An intercom system may also connect vestry, choir room, organ
bench and an ushers station. This system can be lights rather than sound; its
purpose is to coordinate ,liturgical activity. In smaller facilities where
distances are short this coordination is not required.
Speech Reinforcement. The major assembly space is required to have a
high quality public address (P/A) system. Its controls should be near and
within the principal entrance. Microphone jacks should be close to all the
locations where speech or programmed music can originate (preferably in wall
surfaces). Speakers may be a horn cluster or in distributed locations
depending on the size and shape of the room. In addition, speakers should be
located in the concourse, in the social ball, in the vestry, and in the office
area. The latter two locations permit monitoring of services. All these must
have individual controls in their spaces. A system for the hard of hearing
should be provided. A suitable audio signal should be brought to a place in
the office area where it can be directly recorded on a tape deck.
A cordless microphone system is desirable if interference can be
confidently avoided; but provisions for a wired system should nevertheless be
Although it is not necessary in secondary chapels that speech be
reinforced, it is appropriate that a system be installed that will allow
events such as weddings to be recorded.
Some social halls are large enough so that a built-in amplifying system
may be appropriate. In smaller ones a movable lectern with its own built-in
speaker system is sufficient.
Because films with sound tracks are commonly available for various
purposes, wiring to serve this sort of projection is appropriate in the major
worship space and in the social hall. This is clearly so in facilities that
are large enough to have projection rooms. Interconnection to the general P/A
system may sometimes be possible.
Visual Aids. In larger hospitals, it is commonplace to broadcast
chapel services in closed circuit television systems. Television broadcasts of
services from other chapels may sometimes be desired. It is appropriate that
provisions for recording programs on videotape--particularly such memorable
events as weddings--be facilitated. And in some circumstances, it may be
possible to serve overflow groups by video as well as sound.