We decided to use the pew as a bench on our front porch since it was already painted and would be somewhat protected from the elements. The pew was fairly beat up and needed some work, but I didn't mind. A few weekends ago when we hosted family and friends to celebrate my husband's defense of his doctorate degree, we pulled a table up to the bench with chairs for outdoor seating on the front porch.
I think it works rather well! I will treasure this piece always as a relic from our sweet church that we have come to love and depend upon as our Christian family. A new use for an unconventional piece. Do you have unusual pieces of furniture that you have recycled into new uses?