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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14-09-2012 10:51 #11Senior Member
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29-08-2013 10:30 #12Senior Member
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Our church is a great community and really welcoming. I feel very fortunate to be part of that community.
A church I attended 15 years had the trappings of being welcoming - with bring-a-plate morning teas, community family fun days, and the like - but in reality the people were a very closed group. So newcomers didn't feel welcomed or included.
29-08-2013 12:44 #13
We started going to church at the start of this year and felt welcome as soon as we walked in. Dd has made some friends and everyone is friendly and we talk to them outside of church.
29-08-2013 12:50 #14
Id tried going back to church after a long time out I know a lot of the women from MOPs but the church had so many people I felt lost I stopped going again. But the church I went to during my teenage years is wonderfull everytime I run into someone they stop to talk. The womens bible study group even got together and went on a grocery shop after I found out my Daughter has cystic fibrosis. I wold love to go back for the people but my DH has only had bad experiaces of church
29-08-2013 12:53 #15
I thought 7th day adventists did go to church on Sunday? And if not do you know why? Ive never heard that before
Im very happy with where we attend. Lots of bible study and very welcoming to new ones and regulars. Plus I have family there too which is nice
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29-08-2013 17:27 #16Senior Member
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I'm Seventh Day Adventist and they go to church on Saturday as the Ten Commandments state to keep the seventh day holy . The sabbath day was only changed to Sunday by Constantine who wanted to make Christianity appealing to sun worshipers who also worshipped on this day..I think Jews are the only other denomination to worship on the seventh day.
I no longer attend my church , i was attending it for 7 years. Basically I stopped going because it didn't really meet my needs socially or spiritually...althought there were things I did like ie always involved in mission, some members were very kind to us ie gave me clothes for ds, the youth group was very strong ie really looked after its own members .a Also the church was very big on multi cultural ism...
There were things I didn't like, although the church was welcoming superficially I felt like I had little in common with other members, no other single mums so I didn't really have friends there. So in the end I left and I don't regret it at all, I don't miss it.
I have been to other branches but haven't found one I really like. I'm not that bothered though. I'm still a believer in God...
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