Hopefully you noticed that we are updating up our terminology when speaking of the different spaces here at our church. Below are some definitions to clarify the difference between the nave and sanctuary.
nave – the central part of a church building, intended to accommodate most of the congregation. In traditional Western churches it is rectangular, separated from the chancel by a step or rail, and from adjacent aisles by pillars. So basically this is where we all sit to worship. This was formerly referred to as the sanctuary.
sanctuary – the area around the altar is called the sanctuary; it is also considered holy because of the physical presence of God in the Eucharist. This is the elevated wooden space that encompasses the altar table and tabernacle.