Sofas at church
We now have a small ‘comfy zone’ at the back of church. It’s not really meant for during services or anything, but because of my arthritis I was allowed to sit there 🙂 It was much better than normal, I was more relaxed and less distracted by pain. I think it would be great if the whole church had comfy sofas instead of more formal seating. After all, the early church met in people’s homes, so a less formal and more homely environment is not inappropriate.
I reckon it would change people’s attitudes and how they react and interact with God, with the service, with each other.
Some traditionalists would not like it of course. But maybe more people would start coming to church if they felt welcome, at home and comfortable there.
Some churches have tried similar things. For example cafe church, where people sit round small tables and share coffee and cake while doing Bible study or hearing sermons. It’s proved quite popular.
Most of what goes on in church is tradition which has built up over the years. That often acquires such a strong influence that I think it can be most unhelpful. There is a place for formality – in the early church they often went to the temple, which was presumably a more formal worship style. But mostly they had house church.
Traditions should be examined to see if they are still useful or not. Maybe use them sometimes but not others. Don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater, but do try to change the dirty water for fresh clean stuff once in a while!
We are blessed to be able to have to a building to meet in and not be limited in size as to what would fit in the pastor’s living room 🙂 but it would be nice to strip away some of the traditions which may have lost their usefulness and go back to the Bible to see what the early church were doing, and not doing!
It is interesting that there are no instructions in the Bible as to how to do church. It makes it challenging to discover the ‘right way’ if there is such a thing, but it is also good to know that there are a variety of possibilities which can all please God. There are some guidelines and some examples, but no order of service or anything!
I’d like to see more discussion. Sermons can be interesting and instructive, but they can also be dull and send people to sleep! I’d like to be able to ask questions and hear answers from the pastor and from other Chrisitans, more like a seminar than a lecture.
Shorter segments would be good too. I can concentrate fine for hours if I’m not uncomfortable with my arthritis, but attention spans are generally reducing, thanks to TV, magazines, the internet etc, apparently. Unless they have always been that short and we’re only just realising! But having ten minutes of singing, then a ten minute sermon, communion, ten minutes of discussion, some more singing, a bit of Bible study, mixing it up, would be fun and keep people engaged more.
I’d at least like to try it and see how it works! But change is a dirty word for many people…
What do you think? If you go to church, do you prefer it formal or would you like to try relaxichurch? If you aren’t a churchgoer, would you be more likely to try it if there was more chat and sofas?