|Originally posted by Arduinna
I haven't gone to mine. We have a sunday service (seems a little to churchy for me) and some other things.
ITA. That is why I firmly don't want to go every week. In fact, our church is so traditional looking. it is from the 1700's, a small white NE style church, like Geo Washington went to. Steeple, bell, and even the pews are in family boxes with little doors! I feel funny "worshipping," or whatever it is I am doing, in a square room, everyone facing an altar up front.
But, then, the service is so non-traditional. Children are there at the beginning, invited to come up and hear a little story sometimes that the pastor (a Lesbian, BTW, and she has a beautiful soothing voice, long brown hair worn loose) will tell or read the them, then they leave for their own thing (RE--religious education, which seems to be of all religions, with much emphasis on nature), and the adults sing them out with a special little song. Very respectful and supportive of kids.
the first time I went, they were starting a mentor program, a coming of age thing for young teens. Each child went up front with their families and their mentor, and gave their parents a symbol of their childhood. One girl (15, goth looking, but so sweet) gave her dad a messenger bag full of the books he used to spend an hour every night of her childhood reading to her. They were both crying and I think half the congregation was too! there is a box of tissues in each pew box! I am getting the feeling many parents are into a form of AP. Bunch of stinkin liberals!
The services are all so democratic that way, it seems to come from the people, not from the pastor. She facilitates more like a LLL Leader, doesn't dictate. She does do a sermon, but it is short.
The first part of the service is when people who want to go up and light a small candle from a lit chalice, and tell why they are lighting the candle, for a celebration of a birth, for someone who is ill, for joy that a family member is visiting, etc.
At thanksgiving, they passed out baskets of bread, and each person ripped of a piece for themselves, and ripped off a piece for the person next to them, or you could choose to get up and go across the room, to feed whomever you liked. A nice way to do "communion," I thought! (That night, the teens did the same in yUUth group)
We sing hymns that are old fashioned in flavor, but mostly about caring and community and so forth.
After the church part, most people seem to go downstairs for the coffee and snacks (really good snacks), to chat and network.
Each church has it's own flavor tho, some seem a bit more xiany.