1 building where Christians go to worship
ADJ. local, parish, village
VERB + CHURCH build | consecrate, found The church was consecrated in 1250. | dedicate The church is dedicated to St Paul.
CHURCH + NOUN bells, clock, steeple, tower | hall | fete
PREP. at a/the ~ a chamber concert at our local church | in a/the ~ There's an interesting organ in the village church.
2 meeting for public worship in a church
VERB + CHURCH attend, go to Do you go to church?
CHURCH + NOUN service | music
PREP. after/before ~ Come to our place for lunch after church. | at/in ~ Mrs Parsons wasn't at church this Sunday.
3 the Church: all Christians regarded as a group
ADJ. early The early Church believed miracles were proof of who Jesus was.
VERB + CHURCH enter, go into He went into the Church (= became a priest) when he was 23. | leave He left the Church after a loss of faith.
CHURCH + NOUN authorities, leaders, member4 particular group of Christians
ADJ. high, low He loves all the high church traditions?incense and processions and vestments. | evangelical, fundamentalist | established (= official), free (= nonconformist) | Christian, etc.
CHURCH + NOUN authorities, elder, leader, member
PHRASES a member of a church