Post # 1
I was talking to a friend and her fiance. They have always attended church and its just been a part of who they are. They have decided to make Sunday a day for just them. They might go on a bike ride or out to breakfast. I was kind of surprised but in a way I understand. I don’t think I could do this. Do you feel church attendance is essential for a Christian? How would you feel if your partner proposed such an idea?
Post # 3
I don’t think one needs to be religious about it, but I do think it is important to attend regularly, if possible. It gives us connections, helps us get some leadership/teaching, keeps us strong as a group, instead of trying to do it all on our own. A bike ride or breakfast would be nice every once in a while…or later after church, but personally, I think it gets easier and easier to be lax (?) about your faith when you skip church habitually
Post # 4
It is a personal choice. i have always attended as an adult for the last 12 years and Darling Husband started going with me when we started dating. For us, it is a very special time of reflection, However I wouldn’t suggest it to anyone other than my own child. We all have pour paths to God and spirituality and it shouldn’t be forced. For US it is REALLY good, we enjoy it, and it brings us good feelings, and it’s like a reset buttton for us. So is it essential for EVERY Christian? I think the correct answer is yes, but if you don’t go I would never say that it made you less of a Christian. I guess that seems to contridict.
Post # 5
I’m Catholic … so its kinda a necessity to go every week (I know different Christian denominations have different views on weekly attendance)… but really I think even if I was a different denomination I’d still go every week. I mean our lives are so hecktic it’s a really good thing to be able to set aside an hour a week just to praise God and Jesus. Plus I always feel like its a great way to refocus for the week. Just my opinion though. Different things work for different people
Post # 6
I love church onSunday mornings but maybe your friend can check out a Saturday church service. In large cities, there are many churches with Sat services!
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Post # 7
@Angelz_love: So is it essential for EVERY Christian? I think the correct answer is yes, but if you don’t go I would never say that it made you less of a Christian. I guess that seems to contridict.
Post # 8
Was just reading an article yesterday about this! The author basically said for someone who says they’re a Christian but can’t stand the church is like a husband saying to his wife “honey I love your head…but I can’t stand your body!” For me, its not about going to church because of a sense of duty or to get a feel good feeling….its a time to worship, pray together, and strengthen a personal relationship with God.
That said we certainly can’t force anyone to do anything….do you go to church with them? If so…just let them know you miss them. The Saturday night service is a great suggestion…I live in a very rural area and even here there are a couple churches that have a service then.
Post # 9
Maybe find a service at a different time, or a different church? I know its hard in the summer as many churches have completely different programs in the summer time. best thing would be to find a really early service then have the whole day after to hang out.
Post # 10
Me and my Fiance def need to make an effort to attend church more often. But, with my work schedule(I work nights as a nurse and as you know…a hospital is a 24/7 type of place, so I do work a couple weekends a month) sometimes I’m just not able to.
Post # 11
Hmmm….I’d honestly be fine with it if we could find another way to participate in fellowship.
Post # 12
We get stuck working the occasional Sunday. Truth be told, we.both get cranky the weeks we miss church. For us, going to church helps us get.centered, and we have a much better week. We can see a difference in our daily lives and even our communication with each other.
Post # 13
We attend church every week. I don’t think it is necessary in order to be a Christian, but it seems that if you are healthy and growing in your faith that going to church regularly would be something you desired.