Before I begin, I want to make it clear that this is NOT going to become a mean spirited type of discussion. We are all sisters in Christ and we should act accordingly. If ANYONE posts a mean come back or has the profound need to force others to believe what they believe to the point of arguing, their comments will be deleted and never again approved on this site. So play NICE!
OK…on to the discussion part…
Do you go to church? Why or why not? Do you think it is something you should do? How do you think it affects your children either way? Share your thoughts…
Over the years, as I have lead Moms of Faith, I notice that there have been a lot of Mothers that do not attend church regularly. In fact there have been a lot of members and subscribers who have told me Moms of Faith and places like it are pretty much the only “church” they get.
Personally, I think going to church is VITAL to our Christian walk. We need church to build friendships with like-minded people, accountability, agreeing in prayer, spiritual growth, to honor our Daddy God and to participate in corporate worship. Also, as Mothers, we need to take the opportunity to counteract the world’s influence on our children and provide proper spiritual influence in their lives as well! <3
I have a couple Scriptures I thought would be good to share as well…
- And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. – Hebrews 10:25 (NLT)
- For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them. – Matthew 18:20 (NLT)
OK, those are my thoughts…Now, please share your thoughts on the topic in a respectful manner…
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I am stuggling with this particular subject right now. I dont know what exactly it is, but I know it is one of many things that are going on in my life. First off, I am a mom of 5, I am exausted and on the weekends I just want to do NOTHING that requires a being on a set agenda. I want to sleep in as late as my children will let me and just do whatever we choose from that point. I love the Lord and wish to be closer to him, but as of right now , I feel the furtherest from Him. I lost my brother this past Febuary, and I have been really hurt by this. My brother was not just a brother to me, he was like my stand in father. Growing up we never knew our father , but had several step dads, which by the way hated us both. So my brother was the closest person to me , my entire childhood. I loved my brother more than most people love their parents. We stayed close through our adult years, through our marriages and our children. He was my best friend, he was an awesome uncle who loved my children and was a great friend to my husband. I stuggle with his death and the understanding of WHY. I have not read my bible or been to church on a regular basis since his death. I’m not sure if this is the MAIN reason church has lost its appeal to me or not. I feel lost, and out of control and most certainly disconnected from the Lord. I feel like my family is suffering from my choice of not going to church, but I just feel empty and not there, when my body is physically there. I am not connected with anyone in the church and I have been at the same church for over 7 years. I feel out of place and not sure what to do to fix this. Any suggestions would be great. God Bless!!
Coach Nicole of Foundational Gifts says
This topic is fascinating to me! I have some questions for folks if they are willing to answer them:
1) Are most people connected to other people at church, or not connected? Self-define connected. For me, being connected means that I would be REAL friends with that person whether or not we went to church together; people with whom I spend social time; and people I can trust with my personal thoughts, concerns and fears.
2) If you’re not in church, do you do other activities that help you group spiritually, such as watch services on TV, attend coffeehouse church events, individual journaling/Bible study, etc.?
3) If you’re not in church, do you think it would make a difference if you attended a smaller church? A house church? A home group from a larger church?
I grew up going to church every time the doors were open. Throughout my life being involved at church has always been a central part of my life. My husband and I moved a few years back and have not found a church we can become connected to. Our little girl, Hannah, was born in July and now we do not go at all. We tried to ho a few Sundays but I ended up sitting in the cry room all of service and my husband sitting alone in the service. I keep thinking that in a little while Hannah will be old enough to put in the nursery. Has anyone else faced this? If so, what did you do?
Funny you should post this discussion right now. This is something that has been an issue of mine for a while. I just found a new church home after a few years of looking. Yes, it took me that much time to find a church where I left knowing that my spirit had been fed, my children were happy and where I felt ‘right’.
So, now, yes… we go to church. But, we didn’t for a long time.
Did this affect my children? Absolutely. I work outside of the home 40 hours a week and also work from home, so I am very busy all the time. I know that as a Christian Parent, I failed to provide them with a very good Christian education during that time. But, thank God, they took to our new church like fish to water.
Did not going to church all that time affect me? Absolutely. It states in the Bible, as you have shown, that we are to worship with other believers on a regular basis. We are to keep each other accountable. We are to encourage each otehr. I had missed that immensely.
I do believe we, as Christians, should go to church regularly. To respect our Heavenly Father who has made all the time in the world for us, we should make time for Him and His Children, for the upbringing of our children and for our own personal benefit.