Friday, May 24, 2013

No Sunday School….No Greek School….No Church?

Every summer a national exodus of Christians from their churches takes place. Families have planned for months to enjoy that long-awaited and much-needed vacation. Trips to the mountains and beach are on the family calendar. Enjoying “lazy” mornings with the family and cookout dinners….These are all part of our many summer experiences. But where does Church fit in?

Parents are still working; so many daytrips must take place over the weekend if they are going to happen at all. Longer vacations are planned out well in advance and time off from work is in order after a long year of “nose-to-the-grindstone” work ethic. But where does Church fit in?

Church has to fit in, right? I have always been concerned with the attitude of taking a summer vacation from Church. Many times it has become customary to expect families to disappear until Sunday School begins again the fall. While we all should find time as a family to get away and retreat for a vacation and family bonding, that doesn’t mean from the Church.

There are more than 2000 Orthodox Christian Churches in America making it much easier than ever to include Sunday Divine Liturgy into your family vacation. It only requires planning. We plan for campsites, fishing licenses, cabin reservations, etc….why not Church? Most Churches have websites or Facebook pages making it simple to determine when Divine Liturgy starts.

Don’t let your summer vacation from the busyness of the world take you away from the holiness of the Church!

1 comment:

Dionysios Potamitis said...

Christ is Risen!
Father, bless!
Thank you for daring touch this so important matter.
Actually, summer vacation is the best time for a family to attend services and participate at the Divine Liturgy, every single day!