Chuck Knows Church, a new weekly web series interpreting the objects and terms used in Christian churches is now available for free online from The United Methodist Church.
Produced by the second largest protestant denomination, the series features Chuck, a witty, quirky, fount of knowledge about all things church. It is designed for anyone who has ever wondered about the meaning of the symbols, rituals and practices of Christian worship.
“It’s meant for anyone who walks into a protestant church and wonders what’s the meaning behind an object in the sanctuary or a ritual that’s part of a worship service,” said Steve Horswill-Johnston Executive Director of Communications and Brand Strategy at the General Board of Discipleship, an international agency of The United Methodist Church.
“This is YouTube style — fun, brief and informative,” Horswill-Johnston said.
Church members of any church can benefit from a short and informal description of the things they find in church.
“We found through research that even long-time church members knew very little about some foundational symbols and terms used in church,” Horswill-Johnston said.
A new episode of Chuck Knows Church is available each week on the Chuck Knows Church YouTube channel and also to the website ChuckKnowsChurch.com.
Chuck Knows Church is meant to augment the local church’s education of its members in a social networking environment. It is not meant to be a full and complete explanation of each week’s subject. At the end of each episode Chuck invites viewers to learn more by asking their pastor.
“Today nearly all of us mediate our world through screens. Chuck Knows Church has been produced with this understanding. It’s an attempt to present vital information, yet in an informal social media type of approach,” Horswill-Johnston said.
Anyone can watch or download the episodes in the video series at www.ChuckKnowsChurch.com.