7 Church Hacks: How to Make the Most of your Worship this Weekend
By John RisnerNovember 30, 2018
Whether you are a seasoned church-goer or just considering trying it out, navigating a trip to church can be challenging. Where do I sit? Am I allowed to bring my coffee into the sanctuary? Which translation are they reading? Follow these 7 hacks and make the most out of your worship experience this weekend.
- Do your homework
If this will be your first visit, go to the church’s website to get a feel for their weekend services. You can also make a phone call to the church office with questions or schedule a tour with one of the staff members. Read the passage of Scripture that the pastor is preaching on and be prepared to serve if you are a volunteer.
- Arrive early
Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early. Scope out your seat, talk with others, and enjoy some good coffee. You may even discover a few peaceful moments with the Lord before the service begins!
- Be friendly
Introduce yourself to someone you don’t know. Look for an opportunity to make someone laugh. Tell jokes and stories. You might just leave with a few more friends!
- Check in on Facebook
Not only will it dispel Aunt Mable’s fears that you are a heathen, but it is a great way to spread the word about the ministry of the church. WARNING: The Director of Outreach may launch your fan club!
- Jump in
Participate in the worship service. It may be more fun than you think! Sing and dance in worship. For help with hand-raising etiquette, check out this video from Christian comedian Tim Hawkins.
- Invite a friend
Make plans with someone and enjoy the time together. Do lunch afterward and share the things stirring in your heart. In fact, the chances are pretty good that there will be a casserole dinner in the fellowship hall after the service!
- Tend to your soul
Lay down your burdens at the cross. Don’t leave with the baggage that you brought. Whether you pray in your seat or at the altar, ask the Lord to strengthen your heart. Leave with hope in your heart and a smile on your face! Psalm 31:24 says, “Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.”
Let me encourage you to go to church this weekend. This Sunday marks the beginning of advent, the season leading up to Christmas. Many churches will offer candle-lighting, special songs, or skits. It is a wonderful time of year to gather with friends to worship. And now that you are armed with these church hacks, you can make the most of it!