Post # 1
We’ve been church shopping and every church I’ve been to around here has a part of the service where you shake hands with the people sitting next to you and say something like “peace be with you.” I’m from PA and had never seen this before. Just curious if your church has a similar feature?
Post # 3
My church does a “say hi to your neighbors” thing. We shake hands with that.
Post # 4
Yes, I grew up catholic in nj and the handshaking is in pa where I love now too. I thought it was ” give sign of peace ” at least that’s how I remember it
Post # 6
Most churches I church shopped in the south did that!
Post # 7
I’ve never been to a church that hasn’t done this. I always thought it was a catholic thing?
Post # 8
This is standard in Catholic mass!
Post # 9
@iammcdibble: I have been to Catholic churches and protestant where I grew up and nevr saw it. Maybe its something that has gained in popularity since I was a kid.
Post # 10
It’s a standard in the Episcopal church. I love it!
Post # 11
Our catholic services through school and the church had this.
Post # 12
This became a part of Catholic mass following Vatican II in the ’60s. Some very conservative Catholics still refuse to do it, and there are a few parishes out there where it never really took hold. In most places it’s become standard by this point.
Post # 13
I’ve never been to a church of any denomination that didn’t do something along these lines. Honestly I hate it on the rare occasion I go- it’s awkward, I never know how far down the aisle to go, and I always get the weirdo who wants to lean halfway across the pew or across 2 or 3 to shake hands and it’s just difficult.
Post # 14
@pinkfrog: Yes, this is my question too. I really dislike it. I just want to be left alone and not to touch my fellow parisioners, lol.
Post # 15
Mine does. I think it’s pretty big in Presbyterian churches all over. One I went to for a while when I lived in NJ was huge on this – they did it in every service, and those people didn’t just shake the hands of those around them, they traversed the entire sanctuary and sought out people way on the other side. Startled me at first, but I really liked it.
It’s a nice way to make sure guests and visitors get some attention, and it’s a nice way once you’re a member to connect with the people around you.
Post # 16
When I went to church (Methodist), we did this every Sunday.