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What is the best time to start Sunday morning worship?

Our congregation is trying to decide what is the best time to start Sunday morning worship. It is a tough thing to decide because there are so many factors: Sunday morning sports, convenience of those already attending, non-morning types, etc. I am very curious to know what time Sunday morning would work best for those who visit WonderCafe. Would be happy for any and all feedback. Thanks.

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IBelieve's picture



Just saw your post and thought that the best time to start Sunday morning worship would be Sunday morning.

Just kidding you but I had to say it.

Be Blessded and keep the sermons to a good length.

A pastor, known for his lengthy sermons, noticed a man get up and leave during the middle of his message. The man returned just before the conclusion of the service. Afterwards the pastor asked the man where he had gone.

"I went to get a haircut," was the reply.

"But," said the pastor, "why didn't you do that before the service?"

"Because," the gentleman said, "I didn't need one then."

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nice on, sighs!

I have two churches, and service times are arguably my biggest headache. At the moment, our two times are 9:30am and 11am. It has been the practice here to switch service times EVERY WEEK! Starting in January, we will be switching monthly. Still looking for a GOOD solution.

JubileeUC's picture




That's time to sleep in and laze about (which we do every day but some families have only this day to do so) ; time to get kids ready; time for disabled and elderly to warm up their limbs enough to dress; time to walk so that we're not killing the earth driving to our caring church; time to grab a wondercoffee before the service.

PLUS! Perfect timing to be followed by potluck or fundraising lunches every week.

RevMatt's picture



Yeah, both congregations like 11. Hence the problem.

Well, except the farmers. They prefer 9:30, just after chorse and breakfast, but still leaves some time in the middle of the day before afternoon chores.

Beyond's picture



In the afternoon.

Belle's picture



I always used to think 11am was a good time, too. You're not so rushed in the morning and then you come home or go out for lunch afterwards.

But now that I have kids, I find a 10am service seems better because we're up so early anyway it gives us something to do without waiting around all morning.

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We start our service at 10:30. The service often goes for 1 1/2 hours, depending on special occasions or when the minister gets sidetracked in his sermons :-)

I like this time because although I still have a chance to sleep in, it doesn't extend into the afternoon. It's still convenient if people want to get together for lunch after the service and there's still the afternoon to plan activities.

MonAsksIt's picture



I have friends on Sunday shift work and even our 9:00 a.m. service is too late for them. I experimented with Sunday evening, but it was hard to drag myself out of the house for that one on a regular basis. Same for Wednesday evenings (hump day). Anyone experiment with Saturday evening?

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there's never a 'best' time for anything... over the years we have tried lots but have finally settled on 10am Sunday morning... we can sleep in a little and still have time for fellowship and/or lunch after church without messing up folk's afternoon. What messes us up out west here is when the football games play in the east and they start so early for us here :)

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Our pastoral charge serves two communities with one srvice starting at 9:45 a.m. and the other at 11:00 am, I attend the early one and find it best for myself as it leaves the majority of the day free.
Some churches in our area are trying Thursday evenings as we live in a large cottage area and people are at the lake on weekends, I'm not keen on this one, it wouldn't be Sunday without church.
Some people have to work shift work and can't be there every Sunday, but try to attend wheh they can, it tahes a bit of effort on everyones part to make time for worship service, but I think the effort involved is well spent.

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I have 3 churches who were used to sharing only 2 services a Sunday (one church would go without any church at all one week). I introduced a 3rd service time at 9:30 (final service is at 7:00 PM) so that all 3 churches would be able to worship each and every Sunday, on a 3-week rotating schedule so that every church gets equal opportunity for worship. None of them wanted an afternoon service; fine with me, as I frequently do special services at hospital, prison, and rest homes during that time. But wouldn't ya know it? Almost everyone prefers 11:00 AM. I even know of some folks who will go to 11:00 and no other, just because that's what they've always had.

No matter what time you try, your pews will never be as full as you'd like them. But we keep on trying, 'cause every so often, it actually DOES work!

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