It is discreditable for women to appear abroad after the birth of their children till they have been churched.
Why don't you go and get churched decently, if you love her?
He had his pew in the church new lined with cloth, and took his wife to be churched.
Here I saw Mrs. Becky Allen, who hath been married, and is this day churched, after her bearing a child.
The eldest boy suggests that they shall all go to some church: they be christened and she be churched.
This should be known by all women who think it their duty to be "churched" after fulfilling the sacred office of motherhood.
If a woman go into a neighbour's house before she is "churched," some great misfortune will befall her.
This spirit was handsomely illustrated in the case of one burly Westerner who was "churched" for fighting.
Philippa, the Queen, went to the Abbey to be churched and gave the Abbey a cloth of gold.
It was to be offered by the mother when she came to be churched.
Old English cirice, circe "church, public place of worship; Christians collectively," from West Germanic *kirika (cf. Old Saxon kirika, Old Norse kirkja, Old Frisian zerke, Middle Dutch kerke, Dutch kerk, Old High German kirihha, German Kirche), probably [see note in OED] from Greek kyriake (oikia), kyriakon doma "Lord's (house)," from kyrios "ruler, lord," from PIE root *keue- "to swell" ("swollen," hence "strong, powerful"); see cumulus. Phonetic spelling from c.1200, established by 16c. For vowel evolution, see bury. As an adjective from 1570s.
Greek kyriakon (adj.) "of the Lord" was used of houses of Christian worship since c.300, especially in the East, though it was less common in this sense than ekklesia or basilike. An example of the direct Greek-to-Germanic progress of many Christian words, via the Goths; it probably was used by West Germanic people in their pre-Christian period.
Also picked up by Slavic, probably via Germanic (e.g. Old Church Slavonic criky, Russian cerkov). Finnish kirkko, Estonian kirrik are from Scandinavian. Romance and Celtic languages use variants of Latin ecclesia (e.g. French église, 11c.).
Church-bell was in late Old English. Church-goer is from 1680s. Church key is early 14c.; slang use for "can or bottle opener" is by 1954, probably originally U.S. college student slang. Church-mouse, proverbial in many languages for its poverty, is 1731 in English.
"to bring or lead to church," mid-14c., from church (n.). Related: Churched.
A group of Christians; church is a biblical word for “assembly.” It can mean any of the following: (1) All Christians, living and dead. (See saints.) (2) All Christians living in the world. (3) One of the large divisions or denominations of Christianity, such as the Eastern Orthodox Church, Methodist Church, or Roman Catholic Church. (4) An individual congregation of Christians meeting in one building; also the building itself.