Here’s my two (one heard today, the other from the past)
- A family was sitting in a pew together during service. A child was playing with a helicopter toy in church and, given that he was learning his words, he said “helicoptor” in a quiet voice every so often. At the end of church, a person in front of the family turned and said to the mother “How does it feel to know your child interrupted service for everyone around him?” The family never went back.
- A youth was on a mission trip to another city and the mission team worshipped with an area congregation on Sunday morning. The youth didn’t sing well but loved to sing, and did sing the hymns respectfully during the worship service. Halfway through the middle hymn, a person in front of the youth turned around and said “Please stop singing!” The youth didn’t sing in church, even his home church, for a month.
I think “social skills” needs to be part of the “new members orientation” curriculum.
Any cringe-inducing stories? I ask not to bash Christianity but simply to be thankful that at least your church, for all its faults, isn’t like that!
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(image from JCUB for its perfect “cringe” look)