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Discussion in 'Forum for Polls' started by atestring, Feb 21, 2006.
Do you attend Church on Sunday nights?
Occasionally I go to Evensong at St. Paul's Rock Creek Parish, the oldest Episcopal church in DC (founded 1712, well before the District itself was founded!. I love the colonial ambience and the glorious music.
But the church I attend, the church I pastored, and most of the Baptist churches around here have no Sunday evening services. That and Training Union are gone with the dinosaurs.
One of our churches, however, First Baptist of Gaithersburg, MD, about 20 miles from where I live, has a package of Journey classes for adults and children and youth gatherings on Sunday night, plus a light meal. I like that and have taught a couple of courses for them. No worship service per se, but at least people are learning and growing and making good use of Sunday night.
yup, I somehow think the church might have problems with me deciding to stay home
Yes, we are kind of crazy...or at least some of our extended family think so.
Sunday- 3 services
Tuesday- Men's & Ladies' Bible study & Prayer
Thursday- Church Bible study & Prayer
Saturday- Morning Visitation & evening Faith based addictions program.
I'm w/PastorSBC on this one...although i'm getting to the point of doing what one of my previous pastors did: he told them they can have Sunday night services, but don't expect him to be there.
At other churches I have been frustrated with the Sunday Night service as it seemed no one wanted to come. However, at my current church I really enjoy the Sunday night service. We consistently have more people in our Sunday night service than we have in Sunday School.
At the moment Sunday night Sunday School and Bible Study is our best attended service of the week, so we are having one.
We revamped our Sunday evenings and no longer try and do a poor imitation of Sunday morning. As a result, we have very good attendance.
Our Sunday evenings are growing as well, but we are revamping them too. Wed nights also. We now have moved toward a more blended style in worship and its a very enjoyable time, seasoned with some testimonies and other special stuff
When our church has them, I of course, attend. However, some of the elders have decided that people have been having to think too hard by studying, so they have decided that on Sunday evenings, we will sing, have a "word of testimony", and perhaps watch an inspirational film.
I do not approve of this, but we will have to wait until the snowbirds return to see if it affects attendance one way or the other. I have been asked to come preach at another church on Sunday evenings, since we are not have a lesson, but I feel that my place is with my church.
I also miss training union.
If I am able I am at chruch, but not in the service. I am working with the teenagers in their Bible Study.
Our church ain't got airy a Sunday night service, but I occasionally go to a service at another church then.
Been at current Church about 3 years or so. When night service was 7pm I only missed one. When it changed to 5pm I only got to one. I'm night person and can't grab enough sleep between morning and night services. Its the only day of the week being a night person bugs me a bit.
I checked "other answer" because although our church has a Sunday night service, it is for young adults. We changed the regular Sunday night service to this one for young adults, partly as an outreach since the demographics for this area are a high number of singles in the age group of 23-35 who do not attend any church.
This has been a good thing as it has drawn young adults to the church (and some to Christ). Many of them are very active in the church.
I rarely attend church on Sunday evenings. Sunday afternoons and evenings in my home are set aside for spending interaction time with the children.
John, I am not saying this about you, your statement just reminded me of this.
I had a family one time where the dad told me that he did not come to church on Sunday nights because that was his time to spend with the family. So I decided to ask his sons about this, they told me family time consisted of the sons playing x-box in their bedroom, mom doing crafts in the spare room and dad camped out on the couch watching sports or movies.
I actually do not have a problem with families committing to spend time togehter. But I have yet to understand why an hour service on a Sunday evening disrupts this? Why not make part of your family time worship?
So I say all that to say this, if you are staying home on Sunday nights because of "family" time, please make it true family time.
Our local football league has set its schedule up for Saturday games, while the others set it aside for Sundays. One of the visiting teams complained about Saturday games, because Sunday is the family day. I said, "Ours too. We spend it in church." Made him pretty mad.
Trust me, PastorSBC1303, that ain't me. When I say "interact", I mean "interact". I'm one of those dads who actually gets out of the house and plays with the kids: tossing a football, a couple of rounds of darts, or, my favorite, chasing each other around the cul de sac with light sabres!!! Woohoo!!! A great way to burn off a few extra calories!!!
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Good glad to hear it.
As I said, I was not directing my statement to you. Just making an observation about things today.
Noting the positive reply about Sunday evening worship from Eire, I recall that my wife, who grew up in a pastor's home in England, said that in her day Sunday evening services were much better attended than Sunday morning. Any Brits on the list who can tell us whether this is still true, and why?