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Finding a Local Church Later In Life

Saturday, May 5 2012 12:04 AM

Perhaps you recently moved or experienced a life change that necessitates finding a new church. Or maybe you’ve never been to church before and have decided that now’s the time. Regardless of the reason, it’s never too late to find a church. Being part of a community of faith gives you the opportunity to share your joys and sorrows with others, support each other and help each other grow. Here are some ideas to help you in your search. 

Pray, and ask God to help you to find a church home and to be open to new experiences and opportunities. Think about what’s most important to you. Is it the worship experience? Is it opportunities to serve others? Let these personal preferences guide you. 

 

“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

– Matthew 19:20

 

 Visiting a new church when you don’t know what to expect can be a nerve-racking experience. If you know friends or acquaintances who attend local churches, ask what they like about them. Go online and look at the churches’ Web sites, or call the churches and ask questions. Find out some basic information about the churches ahead of time, and it is likely that you will feel more comfortable when you visit.


Questions to ask:

  • How many people go to your church?
  • Are the people in your church a wide range of ages?
  • Do you have small groups focused on interests similar to mine?
  • Do you have a staff member dedicated to ministry for seniors?
  • What is the pastor like?
  • How do people dress for church services?
  • Do you follow a set order of worship or liturgy in your church?
  • What is the worship service like?
  • Do you sing traditional hymns or contemporary music?
  • Do you offer transportation to the church?
  • Is the building easily accessible?
  • Will someone be there to greet me and show me where to go?
  • What time are the services?


After you have found a church you like, consider talking to the pastor or another representative from the church to share your experiences and discover ways you can connect with the congregation.

Be patient and persistent in your search. There’s no perfect church, but there’s a church that’s perfect for you. Blessings to you as you seek out a Christian community in which to worship.

By Gail Deckert
Mission Effectiveness Administrative Assistant
Source: www.good-sam.com

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