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Visions

Many people probably have a romantic idea of what a Danish church looks like: a village church, standing beautifully among fields far out in the country. White with a red roof and stepped gables. With a churchyard and a stone wall, gravel that crunches beneath your feet. A nave that is redolent of history. Five, six, seven hundred years is no age for a real Danish church: gravestones in the floor, frescoes in the ceiling – all evidence that generation after generation has attended church here, been baptised, confirmed, married and laid to rest in the churchyard.

Bagsværd Church is not like that.

A mere infant

Compared with a genuine Danish village church, Bagsværd Church is a “mere infant”.

There will probably be those who think that the church has no significance for most Danes today, but that it is merely a remnant of an ancient tradition that we have not yet got rid of. And they say that nothing else happens in a church except a service on Sunday mornings that no one attends. But reality is not like that. And certainly not in Bagsværd Church.

In addition to the service on Sunday mornings, baptisms, weddings and funerals, confirmation classes twice a week in afternoons during school term, the church is used every day both in daytime and during the evening. There are concerts, classes, study groups, afternoon and evening lectures, evenings of singing, musical games etc. The church forms a framework around a community, it is a place where you can go in one connection or another.

And people do that in Bagsværd.

Not merely a building

For the church is not merely a building. It is also, and perhaps primarily, the people who gather there and feel they belong to this special place in the area. It is my hope that they will continue to come here and be a church in the church, and in this way also help to make Bagsværd Church into a place that tells a story. Where the building and the body of the church bear witness to the people who use their church.

Both on Sundays and weekdays.