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View Poll Results: Eating in your church
Eating or drinking is prohibited anywhere in the church building 0 0%
Eating and drinking is not allowed in the sanctuary -biblical reasons 0 0%
Eating and drinking is not allowed in the sanctuary - out or respect 6 26.09%
Eating and drinking is not allowed in the sanctuary - to prevent spillage 1 4.35%
You may eat or drink, but we don't encourage it 2 8.70%
You may eat or drink, we provide light refreshments 4 17.39%
No eating, but a beverage is ok 2 8.70%
We also use our sanctuary as a fellowship hall (due to lack of space) 1 4.35%
we have no policy at all 4 17.39%
Other answer 3 13.04%
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Old 01-31-2010, 11:14 AM
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Default Eating in church

Many churches do not permit eating or drinking in the sanctuary or even anywhere in the church building.

The chapter used is I Cor 11 ( vs 18 - 22)

What are your thoughts?
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Old 01-31-2010, 01:22 PM
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humm, not sure how to answer. we have sign asking people not to bring food or drink in during worship service, but people do for kids. our sancutary has chairs that are removed for large get togethers, like our thanksgiving dinner. wednesday night meals are not in the sanctuary because we don't need that much space, we use our extra large foyer, which is why it was built extra large. the scripture used is not about not eating at church, but about abusing it, the rich bringing their rich foods, and the poor not having any food at all, meaning not a communal (pot luck) meal with people sharing. But each brings what they can, and b ring nothing if you can't, you still eat, and have access to all the food same as anyone else, rich or poor.
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Old 01-31-2010, 01:28 PM
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I don't have a problem with people eating in church, as long as they share!
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Old 01-31-2010, 01:39 PM
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We eat everywhere in church depending on the circumstance. Our sanctuary is a large room with removable seats. When we have our Christmas program dinner theater, we have a catered dinner in the sanctuary. Other times we'll eat in there are the annual dinner, weddings, and special ministry events. Just this week the ladies' Bible class will meet in the sanctuary and they always have food (the fellowship hall is being taken over by our county's evangelical pastors association) and then in a few weeks we have a large luncheon for families with special needs children. Of course each week when I go to work, I consume my bagel and coffee while I'm working in the sanctuary as well. So we don't have a problem eating in the sanctuary and certainly not in any other parts of the church.
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Old 01-31-2010, 01:39 PM
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The only ones eating or drinking in the auditorium during worship should be nursing or bottle fed babies. Of course there are a lot of "babes in Christ" within the church family!

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Old 01-31-2010, 01:41 PM
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I just wanted to add that food and coffee is NOT allowed in the sanctuary during church. Water bottles are fine and of course anything for babies or children but it's harder to clean up food that spills if the rows of chairs are not moved each week.
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Old 01-31-2010, 06:18 PM
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Well. One church that I am a part of advocates it. They serve coffee and "stuff" and it is freely allowed in and out of the service area.

Another church I am a part of has signs up saying no food and drink in the sanctuary. I don't know if people follow it or not. But probably for the most part on most services it is followed as a general rule. I think they are worried about spillage. It ain't the other stuff.

A third church I attend while I am at work does not have a sign up. I don't think people bring anything in on Sunday mornings, but I think they do at other times.
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Old 01-31-2010, 08:57 PM
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I know of one church which built a separate building for its fellowship meals. No eating or drinking any in the main building.

I think it's mainly out of respect rather than any scriptural prohibition.
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Old 02-01-2010, 12:55 PM
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I've never seen eating or drinking in the sancuary. The Baptist churches I've been in usually have a room for that. The church I visited last night had a potluck to which I was invited. I liked everything about this church and just might continue going.

The only problem I had was the guest speaker who preached at me all during the meal when I made the mistake of telling him that my ministry in the church has always been in music. He proceeded to tell me that the ministry of all believers is to go to unbelievers and tell them of Christ.

That is a commandment to all believers, but it has nothing to do with our individual gifts. Mine is in music, and I consider that my ministry before God and to all those who come to worship God (or whatever their reason is for being there).
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Old 02-03-2010, 05:18 AM
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I had an unusual situation concerning eating and drinking during church services last Sunday morning.

I am currently on medication that causes me to be drowsy and causes my mouth to dry out. For this reason I brought a small styrofoam cup of water to have during the morning service. I was very aware that, if not careful, I could spill this water and make quite a scene. Sure enough, just before the end of the preaching, I nodded off and tipped the little water that was left in the cup. Fortunately it landed on my left sock and did not make a mess in the auditorium. Although no damage or disturbance occurred, it sure felt funny having one wet sock and foot walking out to the truck.
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