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Catholics routinely refer to their church as the Church, with a capital“C.” This irritates the members of other churches, but is standardusage. When “Church” stands by itself (that is, not as part of a namelike “First Methodist Church”) you should normally capitalize it only to mean “RomanCatholic Church.” Note that protestant theologians and other specialists in religion do refer to the whole body of Christians as “the Church,” but this professional usage is not common in ordinary writing.

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  • n  one of the groups of Christians who have their own beliefs and forms of worship
  • n  a place for public (especially Christian) worship
    the church was empty
  • n  a service conducted in a house of worship
    don't be late for church
  • n  the body of people who attend or belong to a particular local church
    our church is hosting a picnic next week
  • v  perform a special church rite or service for
    church a woman after childbirth
News & Articles

  • Church files complaint against judge
    A Toledo church that has been at odds about retaining or firing its pastor is asking Ohio’s 6th District Court of Appeals to order a Lucas County judge to stay out of the church’s internal business.
    June 13, 2013 - The Toledo Blade
  • Church might drop Scouts for allowing gay boys
    Hebron Lutheran Church is among a growing group of faith-based organizations nationwide that may not renew their charter with the Boy Scouts of America over the organization's decision to allow openly gay members.
    June 12, 2013 - The Cincinnati Enquirer
  • Church members help spruce up park
    An area church did a little spring cleaning this week at a Lafayette playground.
    June 12, 2013 - WLFI Lafayette