What activities took place in Calpurnia's church in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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On Sundays, the Negroes worship in the church and on weekdays white men gamble in it.

Church is important in Maycomb.  Scout describes it as “Maycomb's principal recreation” (ch 1).  When Atticus is not there to take them to church, Scout and Jem assume they will go by themselves.  Cal remembers a time they misbehaved and won’t send them to church unless the Sunday school teacher will be there, and tells them they are going to go with her.

Cal made sure that both of the kids are clean and that their clothes are good.  She wants to make sure the others know she takes care of her children.

It was an ancient paint-peeled frame building, the only church in Maycomb with a steeple and bell, called First Purchase because it was paid for from the first earnings of freed slaves. (ch 12)

The church is a pleasant place, despite its poverty.  There is singing, but no hymn books because most of the congregation can’t read.   They sing with a process called “linin,’” where one person reads and the others repeat after him.  Then the Reverend Sykes gives a sermon and closes the doors until everyone contributes to the Robinson collection.

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