One of the things I dislike most is walking into a group of people when I don’t know anyone or almost no one. Usually this plus being late would have been more than enough for me to just come up with a good excuse as to why I ended up not going. But I went anyways.
It wasn’t a big deal. Everyone brought food (me too!) and we ate and then went and watched the video that is part of the series the church is doing right now called “not a fan.” Basically it was about actually following Christ and not just the “rules” that many religions seem to follow. As former LDS it was pretty easy to sit around and talk about the rules and how they can get in the way and shift focus from what it important. I don’t think you need to be a believer to know that. The only thing that made this different from my online atheist groups’ discussions is there was talk about having a relationship with Jesus and everyone was serious.
I was very apprehensive about going. Not just because of the new people but I thought I would be very out of place. I wouldn’t have all the knowledge that everyone else had and that I just wouldn’t fit in (more so than the being a non-believer). I didn’t know until the end but everyone already knew I am an Atheist and no one cared. That was refreshing. I have yet to find a person who, at least not outwardly, condemns me for being a non-believer.
I like this group of people and I liked being able to have conversations with other adults that didn’t revolve around my kids.
Free childcare was a bonus too. 🙂