“There will be a Youth, Men and Women’s Fellowship meetings on Monday evening at 7.30pm. The Singing Band and Choir will meet on Tuesday and Thursday at 6pm and Saturday at 5.30pm. There will be the usual mid week service on Wednesday at 6.30pm. On Friday there will be an all night service from 10pm. On the same Friday, we will have our morning prayers from 8am. From Monday to Friday there will be the usual morning devotions from 5am each day.’
Now what is amusing, or rather confusing about such an innocent church announcement, aptly delivered by the Steward? The times spent at the Church by virtue of such meetings had never hit me until this Sunday when, in fact, the preaching had centered on how family units should endeavor to spend time together, how parents should spend time with their children despite the heavy work schedules now and how bad it will be for parents to chase all the money in the world and still lose the discipline of their children.
Imagine a family of five. The man is in the Men’s Fellowship. The wife is in the Women’s Fellowship. One child is in the Youth Fellowship, two are in the Choir and the other is in the Singing Band.
Seriously, parents in these times have a lot of job with little time. They have to ensure they work hard and make money to be able to educate their children and take care of their livelihood. They work from morning to late, generally and the few times they get to spend with the children are mainly an hour or two in the evenings, between when they get home and when the children go to sleep. Now a lot of these meetings are spread to cover almost every available time within the week. And this is where my issue begins.
We all know times are hard. We need to work. We need to pay bills. You cannot go to church and have peace from not being asked to give money, if not for a building project then for something else and this is different from the usual offertory. Paying tithes is a must as well.
My humble point, for which I have typed all these words is this- can the churches put all these meetings together and hold them on one day, one evening? Cant all these meetings be held on a Wednesday evening and crowned with the mid week service to last less than an hour? We all are aware of the difficulties we are faced with in these times. A parent staying at home to care for their children is gradually becoming alien. I am not saying the church is the main course for some of these issues of parents not spending much time with the children. Am saying that the church should try and centralize and synchronize all activities so that aside Sundays and Saturdays, parents and children will spend just about another day or two at church. At the end of the day, prayers and salvation are seriously an individual affair. Right or wrong? And do not forget, when it is time for harvests and project appeals, you dare not say you lost your job or that you do not have money. It will be squeezed from you!