mourners bench

mourn′ers' bench`

a front bench at a revival meeting for repentant sinners.
[1835–45, Amer.]
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He finds grace in such experiences while others of us recoil at the Old Time Religion that drags sinners down the aisle to the "mourners bench."
The service, full of farcical elements, turns into a finale of barefoot dancers, while the children on the mourners bench share a roasted sweet potato that one of the brats has sneaked into his pocket.