What Is the Difference Between a Chapel and a Church?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 27, 2020 10:39:38 AM ET
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In Christianity, a church is intended to gather all the faithful of a specific denomination together for worship, whereas a chapel serves a more specific population such as a convent, school, prison or hospital. Most military installments and hospitals have a chapel that serves a variety of denominations.