printable neighborhood—goin’ to the chapel

This week’s printable—an old fashioned church— is thanks to a great suggestion from a reader! Every good neighborhood has it’s share of churches, doesn’t it? There is something grounding and historic about a well-loved church on the corner of your block, or down the road. Every time I drive through my favorite neighborhoods, I look at both the beautiful historic homes, and the churches nestled side by side.

I remember being heavily involved in my mom’s church while I was growing up. I always miss the traditions the most over the holidays. It’s very comforting to have traditions with so much history. Whether it’s the late night candlelit services, the beautiful hymns, the choir, the organ, or the children’s Christmas program, they all scream childhood memories to me!

Churches build connections in your neighborhoods too. The community-building nature of a solid church and it’s congregation can’t be underestimated. I’ve watched my brother—who is now finishing up his seminary studies to be a pastor—move a couple of times to brand new communities. Both times, it was through their church that they made all their connections, whether it was a reliable mechanic or a Tuesday playdate. The support and good old-fashioned neighborly help is such a wonderful component.

Regardless of your faith, no big European tour is complete without a visit to at least a couple of grand old churches and cathedrals. Though this little printable can’t compete with Notre Dame, it’s my nod to a long tradition of stained glass, towering steeples, and neighbor-building.

Printable House Instructions:

  1. Download and print.
  2. Cut out your church along its edges.
  3. Fold all of the creases before getting out the glue.
  4. Then, with a glue stick, glue a couple tabs at a time, assembling as you go. Start at the inside corner of the church and work towards the final side tab.
  5. Cut and glue the front steeple separately, then attach to the house by lining the edges up with the dotted lines.
  6. Enjoy!


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