I wrote a paper about my church this week, and I got to thinking: my church is weird.
Not the people in it. The people are great. Even the leadership and the way things are run is awesome. But the building itself. It's crazy.
Now, I attend Victory Life Church, which is a pretty big building. It's L-shaped. The main wing of the church is devoted to typical church rooms--the sanctuary, the coffee shop, the bathrooms, a few pastor's offices and meeting rooms. Stuff like that. And that wing has some interesting features as well. At one point, it had a very small one-seater restroom, but they remodeled, and I have no idea what happened to it. For all I know, there's a toilet and sink hidden in some wall somewhere.
The really cool part of the main wing, though, is the backstage area. As a member of the worship team, I get to poke around back there every once in a while. Somewhere among all the guitar stands and extra earbuds and music stands is--guess what--another bathroom. Right smack-dab in the middle of a hallway. It's wild.
The other wing of the church is affectionately called the Children's Church Labyrinth. At first glance, it's a hallway with classrooms all down it. Nothing special. And, at first, it is. But once you get past most of the classrooms, the fun begins.
One door leads to a kitchen. It's a typical house-style kitchen with a dishwasher, fridge, and sink. I've used it multiple times for washing sippy cups after a stint in the two-year-old classroom. (Our church has an inordinate amount of two-year-olds.) The strange thing about it is its name. It's called the Rooster Kitchen. There are no roosters in it, painted or otherwise. But, hey, it works.
Down at the very end of the hallway is where things get really interesting. There's a laundry room. What gets laundered there? I have no idea. But we played Hide-and-Seek-in-the-Dark one time, and the youth pastor was somehow able to stand on the dryer and hide in the unfinished ceiling. Yeah. Our youth pastor was the best. I also hid in the laundry room once, and no one found me. In fact, everyone forgot I existed for a little while. Happens all the time.
The objectively coolest part of church, though, is the Hobbit Hole. See, the youth meet upstairs. And once you get upstairs, there's a locked door. You go through it to find an office/closet/random space that doesn't really do much anymore. But there's something strange in that little room. There's another door. A very small door. A five-year-old might be able to walk through it, but everyone else has to duck. It leads to the attic where we store all of our Christmas decorations.
That, dear reader, is the Hobbit Hole.
What's the coolest hidden room you know about? It doesn't have to be at a church--it can be at your workplace or even your home. Let me know in the comments below! God bless you, dear reader, and don't forget to review us on Amazon!
M. J. Piazza is a Jesus-loving, dog-walking country girl who just so happens to write books.