Wedding Woes

They usually post their hours and it's not like the doors are locked.

Dear Prudence,

I was raised in a vaguely religious household—prayers at dinner, living by the Golden Rule, and the occasional Bible story—but we never went to church. My dad was the son of a staunch Lutheran but didn’t impose anything other than the basics on us, so I’ve basically only set foot in churches for weddings and funerals. As I get older (I’m in my 30s), I find myself more curious about religion in general. Maybe it stems from feeling lost and looking for an anchor or something similar, and I’ve studied a number of religions (from Christianity to Judaism to Buddhism) from a scholastic standpoint, but when it comes to actually attending church to see if I’m interested in making it a regular part of my life, I literally have no idea where to start. We have one non-denominational church in our small rural town and that’s about it. Can I just show up? Do I need an appointment? How does it work?

—Looking for Faith

Re: They usually post their hours and it's not like the doors are locked.

  • You can just show up! 
  • Do they not have a webpage?  Look them up!  
  • If it's a small town, you'd think the LW would know someone who goes.  They should talk to that person and perhaps arrange to join their friend for a service.  I'm sure that would make it more comfortable for them to check it out.

    But if not, I'd suggest they reach out to the church's office to ease their fears.  I'd think hearing a voice encouraging them to come would make all the difference.
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  • Jesus. You know they have a web page where it will clearly state hours and tells people “everyone is welcome.” If it’s truuuuly that rural there’s either someone LW already knows who attends or the church has a sign out front with the ceremony hours and a “please join us!” 

  • How is this person making it through life in 2023?  

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  • I just… seriously? 

    Yes you can go. Or you can Google the church and they will tell you that you can just go. Or you can call them
    and they will tell you to just go. 

    So many more reasonable options that writing Prudie. 
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