Church Attendance

Jamie Barrows

Recently I’ve been overseas working at my new job. (By the way, the new job is for a governent contractor doing IT work) I’ve been over here for about a month now, and I have about two months to go before I get back home.
For the most part I haven’t minded being over here. There isn’t all that much to do, but while I’m here I work 12-14 hour days 7 days a week. So I really don’t have time to get bored or homesick. Even better is that I don’t have time to spend any of the money I’m making. And with my living expenses paid for by the company, I can save all the money I make.
About the only thing I really miss is regular church attendance. You wouldn’t think that church attendance would be the one thing that I would miss the most. After all I’m missing almost everything else that I have made a regular part of my life. But other than my church, most of the other stuff I hardly think about.
I tried to find a church around here, but I couldn’t really find anything except a Catholic Mass. There was a Protestant service, but it was basically a Unitarian service. So since I’m not Catholic, and Unitarian services are really nothing more than feel good clubs, I’m stuck with nothing in terms of church.
So anyway, when I get home I’ll be pretty excited to be back at my church.

(My church does have a podcast of it’s messages, but the Internet access here is pretty slow and blocks downloads. So I wasn’t able to download any of the messages. I’ll be sure to catch up on them when I get back though)

5 Responses to “Church Attendance”

  • Darrell Says:

    Sorry, man. I’m on the other end of the spectrum. I’ve got about 500 churches within 10 miles of me and still can’t find one I like.

    I’m not sure which situation is worse. :)

  • Alexander Says:

    Hi Jamie,
    nice to read you again.
    Not writing really where you are now, I hope you are not too much in the “diaspora” ;-)
    Darell’s comment in combination with your post seems to me rather funny or some kind of tragicomical. Probably it can lead you to a kind of hermitage finding your own way of Christianity. Not as a final goal but as a way to handle the situation in real or felt “diaspora”. If you won’t or don’t want to take the chance to meet other forms of Christianity.
    Of course I wish you (both) to find that congregation that will fullfill your needs.
    And for you much satisfaction in your new life and job.

  • Jamie Barrows Says:

    Catholicism is very different from other protestant services. So much so, that it is almost a different religion. At least it seems that way to me.
    I have no problem learning about other forms of christianity or other religions, but I do have definite beliefs and convictions about my religion.
    Right now I’m a bit limited in where I can go because of where I’m located, but this location is only temporary. So when I get back home I’ll be able to attend my own church again.

  • Alexander Says:

    I know that there are differences! From childhood I had intensive contact with both churches, alternating weekly I saw the one and the other.
    I know and I feel the differences.
    But I am convinced that the main thing is and should be: “we all” are Christians. And I can’t find only one single hint in the New Testament about different Christian churches!

    Re-ligio from the origin of the word means to re-unite. I think one of the badest things is if religion is used to separate people!
    It should be used to create harmony in myself and to unite with other people. With Christians – and even with other good people. There are plenty on this planet!

    It is always a matter of point of view: accentuating the differences or accentuating the commonness…

    C’m on there are always good people around you. Why not celebrating a worship with them. Seeing their way to worship – and to reflect… the differences and the commonness…


    P.S.: Of course I accept very well if you feel different ;-)

    Some days ago I had discussed this theme with a catholic priest.
    He told me about the excellent relationship in his congregation with the protestant church there. So much that when the church told them to become united with an other catholic congregation for dwindling numbers of members, the members told him the best would be to unite with the protestant congregation around them.
    Of course this is not realistic…

  • Andrew Says:

    Good to hear from you… Sounds like a neat position. I do government contracting also and have seen some awesome opportunities overseas. I almost wish I had waited to get married because it’s a lot harder to think about taking those positions now.

    Anyway, I hope that you’re able to find some sort of group of “like-minded” people where you are.

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