Second Life Churches — 1st Presbyterian Church of Second Life

Regular readers will know that I am an attendee at the Anglican Cathedral in Second Life, in Epiphany region.  But there are other churches scattered throughout the Grid.  I published photos on Flickr last Christmas time of the Finnish-style Riihikirkko in Bongo region, and of the non-denominational Church of the Dawn Treader in Born.  As we travel through the last week of Advent in preparation for Christmas, I think I’d like to look at another few churches you may find interesting.

As the Riihikirkko did last year, the 1st Presbyterian Church in Second Life hosted the statues of the Holy Family for the Anglican Cathedral’s Las Posadas celebrations this year.  Xenia region is partially covered with snow at this time (including the church sign at the right of the picture!), and so I crunched through the drifts to take a look around the area.  There is a fairly large complex here, including the two main buildings in the picture:  the church sanctuary proper on the left, and a Tudor-style chapel on the right.  There is also a meditation garden, a fellowship hall skybox, and the church office (also in a skybox).

The key part, of course, is the sanctuary.  There’s room here for about 20 people to sit, and more for standing room, of course.  Lots of greenery festoons the walls at this season of the year; and you can see the Holy Family to the left in a bow window.  Like many churches that owe their history to a European origin, the lectern or pulpit is set off from center, in a corner of the room.  I didn’t try the piano here; but, when teleporting about the complex, I did land for some reason in the baptismal font in the left foreground, and got a bit of an unnecessary bath!

A conference center is also part of the complex; large and airy, with four halls, several of which are set up for multimedia presentations.  My favorite would be the room on the upper left, which is centered with comfortable couches for fellowship and discussion; the lower floor is lined with kiosks, and would make a good exhibition hall, while the right-hand building is more formal in tone.

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