I got taken to church and sunday school with reasonable regularity as a child. Which didn't leave me with any firm belief systems but gave me an appreciation of the traditions of organised religion. I like hymns, I like the liturgy, that Sunday morning good all over feeling, it's just comforting somehow - like reciting poetry left over from childhood.
That must be why I bought a church pew last week.
It's not a real old one, and it doesn't have the tactile appeal of an old Catholic or C of E pew (many of those I just HAVE to pat), but it is rimu and should look quite good in the dining room after some running repairs and a good scrub up and re-oil.
I feel I might need to make it a cushion for the seat though.