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Discussion in 'Forum for Polls' started by SaggyWoman, Oct 22, 2007.
Have you ever been overseas ( out of the United States) to attend a church?
Since I live in Sweden it is natural for me to go to a Swedish church. But, I have never been to the US and therfore never visited a church in America.
I've never been out of the country.
DH and I went to a wonderful little church on Bermuda when we were there 7 years ago. It was a mostly black church and the music was uplifting, the preaching right on. Everyone was so sweet welcoming us and even inviting us to lunch afterwards! How's THAT for a tourist area??
Germany, Romania, Zimbabwe, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Haiti and South Alabama
I was in a chapel on a cruise ship in international waters...that count?
Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada
When i was a summer missionary in Zimbabwe and on a week long mission trip to Honduras.
I also grew up and pastored in South Louisiana...does that count?!?!?!
Nope, I've never been out of the country.
Yes. Live in the UK and have also been to Church in South Africa and various places in the US.
....more to the point...have I ever been to church on American soil...nope but I would like to one day...:wavey:
My British-born wife and I have been to the UK several times, and have interesting impressions to report. The first time we went to an evensong at a cathedral, I could scarcely believe that we were invited to sit in the Great Choir, which I would have thought would be off-limits to any but the clergy. Not so. But the most memorable moment came in York Minster, when the reader said, "Our Scripture today is taken from the prophecy of "Mah-LAH-chee." Having said "MAL-a-kai" all my life, I thought that remarkable!
But when we went to visit with my wife's aunt in Hawkhurst, Kent, we went with her to worship at the Hawkhurst Baptist Church. There in one corner was the Christian flag, and in the other corner -- the Union Jack! Well, duh, of course; but it reminded me that our typical display of the "Star-Spangled Banner" is nationalistic and may be disconcerting to non-Americans worshipping in our churches.
When I lived in Japan, I visited a small Baptist Church started by some Swedish missionaries in our community. The service was held in Japanese, which was way beyond my conversational level of speaking. Later, I found out that it was a Charismatic Baptist Church, and they spoke in tongues. I had no idea! lol
I have also visited churches in England-- St. Johns Bapt. Church in Oxford and we attended Evensong at Westminster Abbey in London. I loved it.
We also visited my sister's home church in Toronto.
This does surpise me! Most Christians here would not recognise the "Christian" flag if it was waved in front of their noses. Is/Was Hawkhurst Baptist Church a church plant with an American missionary? The only tim I have seen a Christian flag in the corner of a church here was either at a US military church or (one one occasion) at a church pastored by an American missionary who IMO needed to learn how to plant churches cross-culturally. Flags in general are not part of the evangelical church scene here, unless you count the colourful banners waved by more Charismatic congregations. As to the OP. I have been in churches all over the US, from Alaska to Florida, as well as Belgium, France, Spain and South Africa, not to mention England Scotland, Wales, Northern & Republic of Ireland.
I have been in churches in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Wales, England, and Hungary.
Never seen a flag in any of them.
Several in South America, Mexico.
Germany, England, Switzerland, Austria, Canada. Not all Baptist.
What on earth is 'the Christian flag'? Never heard of it; didn't know we were supposed to have one. Has it got a fish or a cross on it? Enquiring minds and all that...
It's a red cross with a blue background, although I've seen some with a red cross and white background, or some other combination of red, white and blue. Not all churches here have one. Last year was the first time I had ever said the pledge of allegiance to the Christian flag:
I pledge allegiance to the Christian flag, and to the Saviour for whose kingdom it stands, one brotherhood uniting all true Christians in service and love. Amen
I've been to churches in Japan, the US, Canada, and all over Europe, many diferent denominations, everything from giant cathederals to tiny, basement meeting rooms.