I don’t have very much experience with different churches. I attended the same one since I was a month old until I was 21 and moved to Victoria. Even in Victoria, I didn’t search for one to suit me. I just went to the one my room mate went to, and it worked for me. We know a couple people here, but have yet to attend the churches they go to. We have stuck to ones close to our house so far.
Last week we went to The Mosaic House, is a new church plant of the CRC denomination. It is a relatively young crowd, and probably no more than 75 people. It is quite multicultural and they have a lunch after the service every week. Unfortunately we weren’t able to stay for it because we had to meet our landlord, but there were a handful of people who introduced themselves to us, and it was a friendly crowd.
This morning we went to Southgate Alliance Church. The demographic is older, quite similar to Oaklands where we attended in Victoria. But there were families with young children as well. Since it is an older, established church, there are set programs and things throughout the week which would be great for getting to know people there.
We will probably revisit one, if not both, because it’s hard to get a feeling of a church by going just once, but I will probably try out a program or two at the Alliance church. It is within walking distance, and it would be great to have people to hang out with while Tim is at work. So far I have yet to leave the house except to go grocery shopping or to the dr.’s office. Like I said in my very first post, I don’t find many reasons to go out and do things and have fun around town. Having somewhere to go every week would help with that.
There are lots of other churches we could try too and I will probably feel a little unsettled until we decide on one to be home. I am not used to this!
Have you ever had to church “shop”? How do you decide where to attend?