It's the architecture chapter! :)
We start off with the reminder that while we use the word church to refer to specific buildings, for the most part, the true meaning of the word is reference to the people who worship in them. The point of the building is to provide the proper space and atmosphere for the members of the Body of Christ to experience the presence of God. Everything in the building should be aimed at assisting the worshiper to get into focus and *keep* that focus from the moment they enter the door.
He points out that *most* people (there're always exceptions to every rule) act differently once they enter 'sacred space'. Their voices drop, they get politer, just in general more the people we should all probably be all the time. As Archimandrite Webber points out, God doesn't need the building to live in. He is everywhere, at all times. We, the members of the church, need the church building. To make us step outside of everyday life, to remind us that we are here for God, to remind us of who we should be, all the time.
We get a brief tour of the basic parts of the church building.
1. The Steps - many churches are built up, so that you have to go up steps to get into them. He also points out that some of the most sacred sites in Christianity are built in or on high places. He uses the examples of Mount Athos, Patmos, and the Monastery of St. Catherine on Mount Sinai. The point, he says, is that we tend to build upward movement into important places, because it gives us a feeling of *ascending* to God, even if it's just a little bit. Yes, we know we can't actually climb up to God in that way, but it's the psychological effect that matters.
2. Narthex - The 'entryway'. It's the space right inside the front doors, before you get to the doors (assuming that your church has them) that open into the nave. This is a place where (the author says), we begin to drop our 'outside persona' and start becoming who we are in church.
3. The Nave and Sanctuary - the nave is where the congregation sits/stands during the service. The sanctuary is the space around the altar. In the Orthodox church the iconostasis separates the sanctuary off from the nave.
I found a church layout for illustrative purposes. This is just one, so every church isn't laid out in this *exact* fashion, in re: coat rooms, confessionals, etc. But the general, narthex, nave, sanctuary, altar layout should be basically the same.