I come from a fairly strict Nigerian Christian family, where going to church every Sunday is a priority and we take our faith seriously. Normally, my family and I visit a church 15/20 minutes away from our home each week, but due to my mums car crash and not having a car to drive to church (like I explained in my first blog), we decided to walk to the nearest church today, which is only 5 minutes away and called ‘Bethany Community Church’.
We’ve been to this church once before in 2014, but my mum is much closer to the Pastor in our usual church because they were friends when they were younger and they are both more familiar with the Nigerian format and preaching styles. There are a few things different and similar that I noticed between these two Churches.
One thing I’ve mainly noticed is that Churches with Nigerian/African Pastors often last longer than those that are not. Praise and worship is longer, the message is longer and there are others factors in the service that can last for around 3 hours or even longer. The church I visited to day lasted only an 1 hour and 30 minutes. This is one thing I like about English churches because it feels like you go there, sing for a bit, read the message, have some refreshments and then leave. However, when you know that you’re going to be in Church for over 3 hours, your will power to get up go to Church decreases. There’s opening prayers, praise, worship, rhapsody, testimonies, the message etc. omdsss! Don’t get me wrong, I love the Church I normally go to and I’m thankful for it, this is just what I’ve observed from the Churches I’ve visited.
All in all, the great things is that they both contain passionate and lovely people who care about others and spreading the gospel. I’m thankful for the people around me and the places I get to go but most of all I’d like to thank God!
Comment if you’re religious or not and what you’ve been up to today 🙂