Post # 1
We are always hearing that church attendance is down. No judgment here, but I am just wondering if you attend church? If so, what type? Does your FI attend? Are you getting married in a church?
I am just curious. I grew up attending church and FI and I attend together, but I skipped a lot of years in my 20s. I put this in Christian, but I am really asking about any faith. I just didn’t see a generic religion board….
Post # 2
Nope, no church for us. Never will (unless it’s for a wedding/funeral).
Post # 3
Mrs.Sawyertobe: I’m in your boat. Born and raised Catholic, 12 years of Catholic school, once I got to college I really drifted and through my 20’s. However it was always important for me to get married in a church so my FI and I started attending the one in our town (where we’re getting married). We go about twice a month and really like the pastor.
Our church (albeit Catholic) is pretty liberal which was a must for me b/c I haven’t liked the direction the church has been taking over recent years or at least, since I’ve been old enough to form my own opinion about it.
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas
StephieBee: +1 exactly for us.
Post # 5
BurlapnLace: I feel like there is a lot of value in attending church and I have always been able to take what speaks to me and leave the rest. I do like the basic Christian teachings on the importance of love and forgiveness. I think God/religion sometimes get bad names from people who choose to use it as a weapon, rather than a tool for love.
Post # 6
Not regularly, maybe once every few months. I grew up in my church and they’re my second family, but I’m not as religious/spiritual as I once was
Post # 7
- Wedding: May 2014 - Smithfield Center
Neither FI nor I go to church. I went as a child, and so did he, but neither of us are practicing Christians anymore.
Post # 8
DH is a Catholic, and I am a non-conformist. We work odd hours and weekeneds, so we do miss church more often than we should, but we do attend.
Post # 9
BurlapnLace: My story is pretty much just like yours. I grew up going to Catholic church and at a Catholic School. Drifted apart from the church during my 20s.
The only reason why we are getting married in the church, is because of my FI’s traditions… he is Syrian Orthodox.
Otherwise we only go to church during weddings and funerals.
Post # 10
DH and I go to church every Sunday. We go to both my church and his. I am Baptist so on Sunday mornings we go to Sunday school then big church at my church, then in the evenings we go to Mass at his church and we are on the youth core team there too. After Mass we go lead a small group for the youth group.
I have to say it is not easy to go to both. It is ALOT! But, we are doing it, and I know eventually it will become second nature, and we will be used to it.
The most difficult thing we have run into is that most of our friends are Catholic so they like to go out on Saturday nights because they just go to Sunday night mass, and that is just too difficult for us to wake up early the next day for my church so we have to usually cut out early. 🙁
During college my DH was very active in his church. I on the other hand was not. To be completely honest I think I did not go, because I was worried about our two different denominations, and I wanted to avoid the topic. I just went to church with him sometimes. But after talking and working things out, we know this works for us. However, during this time I learned so much about the Catholic faith, and came to respect and understand many of the beliefs. So even though I did not grow as much as I could have in my own faith during that time, I was able to learn more about the faith my children will be raised in. Neither one of us should have to give up our beliefs for one another.
We both grew up active in churches. We are now 23 years old, and definitely see no end in sight (for going to church I mean).
Post # 11
Not regularly. Both of us identify as Christians, however; where we currently live is neither of our true hometowns and we haven’t really found a church ( and haven’t been looking very hard) to attend.
Post # 12
Yep, we attend every weekend together, plus weeknights when they have it and occasionally bible studies. It is such an amazing experience for us to have together, definitely strengthened our relationship. We also attended Luthern high school together.
Post # 13
Nope, and I doubt we ever will. FI was raised Jewish, and I was raised Catholic; neither of us are religious. I’m sure we’ll want to expose our future children to special holiday services a couple of times, but I can’t see it going any further than that considering we’re from entirely different religions.
Post # 14
I don’t attend church mostly because of the experiences I’ve had there have turned me off of going there.
I don’t need a building to worship the Lord.
Post # 15
I actually work in a church and don’t attend regularly. I love my church, but I can be spiritual in my won time. Whether I pray at night or in the morning or I read Bible verses doesn’t have to be anybody’s business but my own. I do attend on Christmas and Easter, though.