Ok, I have only gotten through page 26 of 42(!) pages and I had to stop and respond to these questions (even though they are over a year old)
Originally Posted by lilyka
I have a question and I feel bad asking it but here is goes. What church is it that wears the long straight skirts (usually denim or khaki) and has their hair in a bun (and I swear whenever they gather in public they throw an awesome pot luck). the modesty thread got me thinking about this. And if anyone is a member of this church is there a reason everyone dresses alike? It seems to go beyond modesty and into uniform. is that just coincidence? or is is it expected that you will wear a very specific type of dress and wear your hair a very specific way?
Originally Posted by UnschoolnMa
Hmm, it's probably not quite it but the hair in a bun and long denim or khaki skirts makes me think of my friend's Pentecostal denom. The women are not to cut their hair and often the older women will put their hair up in a bun. I am not sure if that's it though. They wear different shirts and such, but to the elbow sleeves, no deep V necks, no pants or shorts on women, etc.
Lilyka-Since I was born and grew up in the city where you say your location is, I know exactly what Group you are talking about, as my parents are also of the same Christian denomination. The women you see are Apostolic Christian. There is a HUGE Apostolic Christian Church about 45 minutes away in Lester Iowa. (Average Sunday attendence is 500 members+their children+visiting members+non-member visitors+friends of the church. Weddings and funerals, one could see a few thousand attending!!)
The women are easier to "spot" as soon as they start repenting, they will adopt a modest feminine form of dressing, where long dresses, skirts, or if needs must, long culottes, shirts or blouses that modestly cover arms and decoullatage. They shy away from overly bright colored, or heavily decorated clothes and wear NO jewelry or make up (though some women may wear clear nail polish if they have justifiable nail problems, but not for and vainity reasons) Even wedding rings aren't worn.
Hair is worn in a modest style, usualy long and tied up in a bun, but there are a few other modest styles that are acceptable. Perms, and hair colorings are considered a vainity and distracting. The lacy "doily" is a prayer covering. It is worn all the time, including to bed, as the women doesn't know exactly when or where she will feel the need to pray, and it is seen as a form of reverence and humility in the Presence of the L-rd. In the church, women wear a veil over their prayer covering (usually a long black piece of lace that is about 2-4 inches wide and touches either shoulder) another form of reverence and humility.
The men are less likely to be "spotted" as they are only asked to dress modestly, no shorts, no sweat suits, no overly expensive namebrand clothes,
no going bare chested, no jewelry-including wedding bands, neatly trimmed hair and no facial hair.
They are also known as "modern Amish" as their denomination split off from Pennsylvania Dutch about 100-125 years ago.
Originally Posted by happyhippiemama
I grew up Mennonite, and my grandparents used to be Amish, if anyone has questions.... (I haven't read the whole thread yet, tho, so they might've already been covered)
I grew up a mix between Brethren and Mennonite. My Dad has been accepted into the Amish community where Mom and Dad moved to, but in an odd way. He was a hired driver for them and since their beliefs overlap quite a bit he became not-quite-Amish, but not really "English" either. He is freely, as is my Mom, welcome into homes, singing services as well as wedding and funerals. He has offered an interesting perspective of their beliefs and traditions. I love picking his mind.
.....ok back to reading...where was I? oh ya, beginning of page 27!