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4 years ago#1
I was raised Catholic, baptized and all that.

I might like to start attending services, though not necessarily at a Catholic church. Are churches okay with people just walking in and sitting down or do I have to have a meeting with a priest first?
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4 years ago#2
Most of 'em are perfectly fine with visitors. I don't think I've ever heard of one that wasn't ok with new folks dropping in for regular services.
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4 years ago#3
Alright, thanks :)

Mind you, I haven't made the decision yet, but at least if I do decide to go it'll be easy lol
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4 years ago#4
look for a baptist or pentecostal church
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4 years ago#5
look for a baptist or pentecostal church
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4 years ago#6
Can I ask what your reasons are for seeking out faith again?
4 years ago#7
SMuffinMan posted...
I was raised Catholic, baptized and all that.

I might like to start attending services, though not necessarily at a Catholic church. Are churches okay with people just walking in and sitting down or do I have to have a meeting with a priest first?


Go back to Catholic Church, when you attend the service out of free will not routine it makes a world of difference. This was an eye opening for me. Welcome back brother:)
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4 years ago#8
you know, it honestly doesn't matter what church you go to. what matters is whether or not the people are christ-oriented.

otherwise nothing will ever change. i'd suggest a rigorous read of the bible from cover to cover. and fellowship with a few people you trust. people who love you. maybe start a bible study at your house or something
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4 years ago#9
I'd suggest not going back, unless you want to confirm why you became atheist in the first place. Any given church is probably 90% faking it for social acceptance, 1% leadership living off their money, and 8% visitors. Probably only 1% have had a meaningful impact from religion/ spirituality.
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4 years ago#10
Thuggernautz posted...
Can I ask what your reasons are for seeking out faith again?


I found out about a story commonly misinterpreted by opponents of the bible and found out what it actually meant. I was taught that God is a punishing god when I was little. People would say He was loving, but turn right around and contradict it because of their own misinterpretations (Jeremiah and the kids/bears for example). They'd say one thing and mean something else.

LastManStanding posted...
SMuffinMan posted...
I was raised Catholic, baptized and all that.

I might like to start attending services, though not necessarily at a Catholic church. Are churches okay with people just walking in and sitting down or do I have to have a meeting with a priest first?


Go back to Catholic Church, when you attend the service out of free will not routine it makes a world of difference. This was an eye opening for me. Welcome back brother:)


Eh. I still have core principals that I can't abandon. I support gay marriage, abortion, and contraception. Some of the other churches can be this way but iirc with Catholics it's a no-go.
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