The usual smirky 'skeptic' person come to church accompanying his Catholic partner, and refusing to kneel, sitting comfortably back in the pew, preventing the blind person behind him from kneeling forward properly.
Yes. There are folks who physically cannot kneel -- but most respectfully bow their head and try to sit forward on the pew so the person behind can kneel with their hands on the rail in front. Then you get the ones who crinkle-up their nose and wave away the incense with their hand, lolBad manners.
I get invited to religious services (very) occasionally. I try to fit in, try to behave like the guest I am.
I don't like the collection either. Lately at the Abbey they were using a pouch, so no-one else sees what you put in. What you say, and also I just think it's a wrong idea to interrupt the service by passing around for money?The offering at the door makes huge sense to me.
I hate the guilt that folks perceive by the offering plate (for those with little or no funds it is embarrassing both not being able to contribute monetarily AND seeing 100 notes on the plate.
My church uses the pouch..I don't like the collection either. Lately at the Abbey they were using a pouch, so no-one else sees what you put in. What you say, and also I just think it's a wrong idea to interrupt the service by passing around for money?
Yes, the internet is changing everything.My church uses the pouch..
But it is interesting how zoom, YouTube and FB have changed things...new people find the service, folks who have moved away come back, and folks who have moved on show back up. Expenses are reduced and donations online are clicks vs plate shaming
The Eucharistic host is the bread wafer. Several folks do not take the wine anyway, for various reasons. Wine is not given to children at communion.How are these to reconciled
So that may become the new normal for many denominations.Went to church and it was normal but few people attended.
They are, in some cases....should nearby ones merge ...
The issue then is not simply the making over of a piece of real estate — it's then the cost of conversation for the new usage, and then ongoing maintenance and support? As churches close in the UK, they tend to be sold to property developers ... and become luxury developments.what would be the best use for these buildings? Homeless shelters, educational facilities, artist havens?