So today, I have been fighting the battle that I seem to encounter every Sunday. It's called - wrestling your children to church.
so let me back up and quickly explain my position. I've called myself a Christian, but what does that mean? What church do I go to? In college, I started going to an evangelical non-denominational Christian church where the church doctrine consists solely of the Bible. "Christian" churches can include several denominations - like Presbyterian, Lutheran, Methodist, Baptist, and several other. Many times, churches branch off a denomination (like from an established Baptist church) and provide more contemporary services. The leadership is different of each individual church and generally the leaders are called "Pastors" although I've come across a Reverend or two in my travels. You mostly sing contemporary worship songs - similar to what you may hear on a Christian radio station, although more traditional churches may include more Hymns in their music. I converted from my former religion (LDS) and was baptised a "Christian" within one year. I met my husband at the college Bible study, met a ton a friends, and eventually Jeremy and I we were married at this church. Both of our children were born and dedicated while we attended Westminster Chapel. I would say my faith is strong and unwavering in the Christian faith, yet I would never consider myself a "bible thumper" or finger pointer. Thus, why I often say I am a liberal Christian - I kind of leave the judgements up to God. Anyway.....
I tell you about this because I know that many of the people I network with through blogging are LDS, so unless you are familiar with evangelical Christian venacular, you may not know what I am talking about when I talk about my church. So let's move on.
Since moving to Salem, we have found this church to be the one where we are most comfortable with. Often, you'll hear Christians talking about "church shopping" when they move to a new area, which means they are looking around for a church that is not only Biblicallly-based, but in line with their own worship style. So, The past three years, Jeremy's job has him working on Sundays. Which means I have to go to church by myself with my two boys. And usually, most assuredly, I don't end up going to church. Sometimes I feel like Christian churches are made for couples and families and I feel weird about attending by myself, but mostly it is because worship services are always on Sunday mornings at 8:00am, 9:30am, and 11:00am. 8 and 9:30 are tough to get to - so 11:00 is usually the service of choice. However, at our new church, the boys really really do not like the children's program at the 11:00 hour. So every week they fight me about going. And every week, I usually cave in and just don't go because it is too much work.
It happened again today. I wake up every Sunday ready to go and by 10:00, I'm like, forget it!! Not that I expect you out there to give me any advice relating to this problem; it's kind of something I need to figure out for myself. But I felt compelled to write about this topic - hoping now that I've outed myself as a complete wimp and spineless church goer, maybe I'll begin to gather the strength to just buck up and go - even if it means go by myself.
For the rest of you, have a great Sunday and I'll return again tomorrow. I have a good post already in the making.