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    If you are completely honest, do you think your church is welcoming? Do you think that anyone from any walk of life would feel comfortable showing up or is your church more like a 'club' for certain types of people? What does your church do to be accepting?

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    I hope it's ok for me to answer, as i don't regularly attend church and am an atheist, but MIL's church is incredibly welcoming. We go to the Christmas concert and service every year and I've told her on many occasions to feel free to take DS whenever she likes- although we're not religious I'd like him to know about his grandma's beliefs. We have always been greeted so warmly, DP used to attend as a child so people remember him and there's no bad feelings towards him not attending anymore. The church is really active in the community, they have a day centre for homeless people where they put on lunch a few times a week and provide tea, coffee and a warm, safe, comfortable space at other times. They also do a lot of work with asylum seekers and raise money for various charities. I often wish I was religious so i could belong to such a strong, loving community.

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    That is awesome to hear!

    I fear that some churches become like an insular, secret club that people would feel intimidated to attend.

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    Although I am a Christian I don't attend church because I've never really found one I feel comfortable at. They are either too ritualised (which can alienate people who don't know the rituals), or too full on Pentecostal type thing for me. I just never feel like I belong at snug of them although my faith in god is quite strong.

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    I think it can be perceived as insular, but in reality I know it's generally not like that, as I was once the new person who knew almost no one. I make an active effort to make sure people feel welcome and comfortable if I don't recognize them.

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    I've been to a few.

    They have all seemed welcoming to start with, but in reality most were less then accepting & judgmental. I have to be, act, speak a certin way to be accepted as part of their church.

    Only one church was truely accepting, but they turned out to be bad for me *sigh*

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    The church I went to years ago was very welcoming and had a variety of different types of people, was so good. The one we go to now has been very self focussed for a long time but it is changing lately and looking outwards more, yay! I have been to some very unwelcoming ones though. I hate to think that someone who wanted to go wouldnt because they felt intimidated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annabella View Post
    Although I am a Christian I don't attend church because I've never really found one I feel comfortable at. They are either too ritualised (which can alienate people who don't know the rituals), or too full on Pentecostal type thing for me. I just never feel like I belong at snug of them although my faith in god is quite strong.
    This is pretty much me too. Although I also havnt chosen a church to go to because I seem to agree with certain things from each faith (ie I can see and agree with why witnesses call God Jahova, but don't understand why they don't take blood... I can equally see why 7th day Adventist go to church on Saturday and not sunday etc etc I could go on and on)

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    Hey frenchie, were you at my church last week?
    The whole service dedicated to how can we be more accepting. That everyone no matter who they are or what they do, that they should feel loved and welcome.
    There is no you must do this or not do this to be a member here..
    What we do and who we are is between us and God.
    As we all know we All fall short of his glory, no one is perfect.
    Oh and there is never ending supply or free tea, coffee and yummy snack food.

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    Earlier this year, Our family went to an 'emerging' church and was surprised that it was not for us. It sounded so great and came very highly recommended, but it was NOT for us.
    We attended about 4 times and although they were hospitable and nice to us, we were told that this is a 'non consumer' church. Meaning that they help people and pride themselves in having lots of work and missions going on at various times but do not really look after Christians that are in need respite and restoration. Were they very vague in their understanding of the scriptures? They constantly kept saying; 'where are we going & what are we doing?' Kind of like they were waiting for a big gust of wind to physically carry them forth, when these answers are very clear in the scriptures.
    When they noticed that we weren't coming back, they sent us an email titled the 'devils beatitudes'. It's not that I don't believe in the Devil or Hell but I suppose that some Christians believe that you can be damned for not "going to" church. So I guess that was what they thought of us and felt it their right to send us that judgmental message. Oh how I would have very much liked to hear the beatitudes of Jesus instead, but I guess they didn't think those were fit for us.


 

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