This has appeared in our local newspaper at least twice now. The church will be left anonymous but that doesn’t affect the article.
Eight reasons why you might try our Thursday Night Church Service
8. You’re never in town on the weekends
7. Thursday Night Church might not be as boring and irrelevant.
6. Gillette’s best looking pastor.*
5. You’re always watching football on Sunday.
4. In at 7 p.m. – out by 8 p.m.
3. Your kids will have a blast at Thursday Night Jam Time.
2. Everybody just wears their work clothes.
1. You like to sleep in on Sunday.
* An opinion held by almost nobody
Ok, so let me discuss the following points.
8. For Gillette, this is very common. With traveling sports as well as intramural sports, people are traveling all weekend and playing games from Friday through Sunday. By the time they get back in town, church is well done and over with. For most sports travelers, there isn’t even time to go to church while traveling for sports because games are often held during church services to get all the games in.
7. What does that say about your Sunday service? That’s all I’m gonna say about that!
6. This really isn’t even worth comment, joking or not.
5. We have 2 services on Sunday: 8:30 and 10. If you attend our 8:30 service, you will still be home before the early game kicks off. Granted, you may miss some pregame interviews and what-not, but oh well! Church is either important or it’s not.
4. Wow, church in an hour. We can do that too. FYI, this church has two services on Sunday. One lasts 60 minutes and the second lasts 70. Question: what takes 10 more minutes in the second service? Lord’s Supper?
3. Obviously, you’re kids won’t have a blast during the Sunday service. This tells me that worship isn’t a key point here but having fun. As Higher Things says, “When we worship, we worship. When we play, we play. When we work, we work.”
2. We have people who wear their works clothes here as well. We have people just coming out of the mines, we have people on their way to the mines. We have people on their way to the hospital. They wear what they wear. As long as it is appropriate clothing, we don’t say anything.
1. Who doesn’t like to sleep in on Sunday? I like to sleep in too, but I’m up and at church. Granted, it is my vocation as pastor that requires me to be at church on Sunday morning. But we have 200+ people every Sunday who, given the chance to sleep in or come to church, choose the latter.
Now, I’m sure that this particular church isn’t holding up their Thursday night service as something better than their Sunday services. This is just a way of advertising their service on Thursday. Couldn’t they have done something different than this, making up a list of reasons why Thursday church might be better for you than Sunday? Just by putting in a little ad highlighting their various services and indicating that Thursday is a more “relaxed” setting would have sufficed, but I guess this is more appealing to people.