Sunday, December 7, 2008

A new time

Picture from the First United Methodist Church web site.

While I'm sure Amanda will be blogging about this later today, I figure I'll get my $0.02 in first.

We've decided that this holiday season we're gong to try to bring some religion back into our lives. Amanda and I were both raised Catholic and I think it's safe to say that for quite some time we've fit into that stereotypical category of "lapsed-Catholic". Over the years, growing up, I went in and out of practicing... even looking at other Judeo-Christian options. Amanda on the other hand stayed pretty true to Catholicism till late-college/grad school. We were married in a Catholic church and after Deacon was born, we made another attempt to return and had him baptized in a Catholic church. Needless to say, neither attempt stuck.

Both Amanda and I are spiritual in our own ways, and I think that comes from our upbringing and experiences as children. We were both lucky enough to get our understanding and belief of God from close family and friends. We both went to Catholic schools.

While the family and friends we surround ourselves with now are wonderfully supportive and provide Deacon with a sense of right and wrong and of a greater good, Deacon (and his brother on the way) will likely attend public schools and not get the formal education that Amanda and I got.

That brings us to this morning. With child 2 on the way, it's time to try again and see if we can make religion stick. We decided to try something other that Catholic for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that it hasn't worked so well thus far. Amanda found out about a church in downtown/midtown Sacramento known for it's family-oriented nature. So we decided to give the First United Methodist Church of Sacramento a try.

One thing that was immediately apparent to us was how amazingly welcoming everyone was. They must be a closely knit community, because everyone seemed to know that we were new.... and did everything they could to make us feel less so. The woman behind us made sure we knew everything that was going on throughout the service. The pastor made it a point to personally greet us. She actually did it twice in fact. Finally, the members of the children's ministry took special care of Deacon, making sure he was welcomed and included from the start. All in all, it was a pleasant experience.

On the way home, Amanda asked if I wanted to go back. While, I'd always give something like a church a second chance (barring total disaster), the answer was even more easy to me than that. We were warmly welcomed and so was Deacon. We were immediately made to feel as members of the community from the moment we walked through the doors. Those people worked so hard to make us feel like we belonged (and succeeded). I think they deserve quite a bit more of our time.

This feels good.


Cate said...

Glad you guys had a good time. How are Methodist beliefs different from Catholicism?
I have considered going to a Unitarian church but it is so far away from Lincoln.

T- said...

I am so glad you had a great experience visiting a new church. I totally understand how you both feel because DH and I struggled with it as well before finally finding a place we felt we belonged!

Good luck!

Adrianne said...

I knew the moment I saw that pic that that was a Methodist church. Looks just like my church growing up. Glad you were so warmly welcomed.

Many Catholics convert and become Methodists. My dad did.