There have been lots of questions about what church I am going to attend and I love this question. To me people are interested but they are interested because they want to compare. I think that the church I chose will make it easier for someone to say “oh well we wouldn’t act like that” if things don’t go well and conversely to be able to say ” our church is just like that” if things go well (which I am sure they will).
My ex-husband’s first question was if I would be going back to LDS Church since that is my most recent history. No. I do not think that would really be a new experience nor would it be in the spirit of the request. I thought about going to a Catholic church since that is where Lent originates from and I did have an invite but again not really in the spirit of the request.
So I am going to be going to a non-denominational church in a school!* I actually think this is perfect. I have always laughed and made snide comments about church in a school. I mean couldn’t they get their own building? Geez. Isn’t God important enough for you to get your own building? I called the members “Blue Jean Christians” simply because many would wear regular street clothes including jeans to services and no one cared. Growing up I always wore dresses to church and when I was attending LDS Church I wore skirts. None of them were ever made of denim. If your God is so important why can’t you take the time to dress up? Couldn’t you just stay home and read the bible to your family in your jammies? Why even bother? Even as an Atheist I thought it was disrespectful. Would you visit the President while wearing jeans? I wouldn’t. So why visit your God’s house in jeans?
I realize that this is pretty closed minded and the other side is why should God care about what you are wearing or where you are worshipping. So I am pretty excited to see how this whole “church in a school on a Sunday” works and to see if it really has the “churchy” feeling I am expecting or if I feel like I am back at high school having an assembly with the people from Young Life (though I am not expecting any brick breaking).
I was able to get some additional information about my new temporary church yesterday when I met (for the first time) the person I am going to go with. I met up with her at her house yesterday and she was a great host and a mom to twin daughters and a son. We were able to chat like moms do while our kids played together. She is very active in the church and has bible study at her house on Saturdays; she is also her church’s Communications Director (which I think means she helps with advertising the church to the public- I will have to ask her when I see her again).
Wait What? You have never met her before but are going to church with her?
Yes. We may live in the same small town shop at the same grocery stores and eat at the same fast food places but we had never met before. We were social media friends (Twitter, Foursquare and Facebook). When I got the suggestion to do this I immediately knew I would ask her. We have only been Facebook friends for a short time and on twitter the majority of my posts are about soccer. Foursquare just confirmed that we were never in the same place at the same time but we both spent too much time at Wal Mart. So basically I knew she didn’t have too many preconceived ideas about me and she had just publicly asked people to come to church with her the week before so I took that as a kind of general request. Granted I think she was looking for something a little different but hey it still worked.
Another reason is she is a journalist herself so I figured the idea would be intriguing enough to her it might calm any fears about an atheist infiltrating her church (my words not hers). I sent her a quick (ok long) message on Facebook explaining what I was doing and asked her if she would take me to church with her. She replied yes with no questions. That’s faith right there.
* I will name the church later if 1. they don’t mind being named and 2. I decide I feel comfortable giving up my location to the entire internet.