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We have set rules for everything, so why not the Church? The greatest asset that a man
or woman or child can have in God’s house is charm, and charm cannot exist without
good manners. Some knowledge of etiquette is essential to one’s behaviors.
People need to know such details as, when to sit, when to stand, what to say or what to do
upon this or that occasion. However church etiquette must go far beyond the mechanical
rules of procedures. At this point you may ask, “Is it the purpose of the church to save
souls or save society?” The church’s greatest mission is improvement of mankind by
changing individuals. Since the Christian church is a body of lay believers, then let
everyone be in harmony with God and his fellowman while in attendance in God’s house.
I Timothy 3:15, “If I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves
in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of
the truth.” Hebrew 13:17, Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep
watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be
a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.
The first essential to be considered when attending church service, is
obedience. One should always follow the instruction of the Usher when to
enter and where to sit. When a seat is assigned to you by an Usher, and it’s
not your choice, never show resentment, accept the seat graciously. It will be
regarded as an expression of obedience.
Essential of church etiquette is time. The element of time should always be
observed, lest (because) your late entrance attracts the attention of others, thus
distracting the services.
Etiquette-wise, one should never be so selfish as to occupy two seats by
spreading bags and other possessions in a space beside them.
Now that you are seated, you should sit quietly, erect and by all means
Except for an emergency, one should have no occasion for leaving the seats
during the service.
It is bad manners to chew gum, write notes, talk or show resentment because
you disapprove of something that is said or done. It is highly unnecessary for
you to recognize the entering of everyone by the turning of the head.
The church pews should never be used for carving nor as a depository of
The church frowns on members misusing or destroying church property, i.e.,
(fans, Bibles or hymn books) These items are the property of the Church and to remove them deprives others from the full participation in the worship experience.
Sincere participation in church service displays good manners and can be
effectively done by sharing your prayers, thoughts and your voice in
congregational singing and reading of the Scripture.
Showing reverence to the Almighty is expressed by bowing the head during
Show reverence to the Almighty by STANDING, if able, during Intercessory prayer, ALL scripture and responsive reading.
As to the Benediction- DO not leave the sanctuary until after the benediction unless, your departure is a dire necessity or emergency. The benediction is the final "good word" of the service, the last blessing of the hour. Do not leave God's house without your blessing.
As to membership- membership is a privilege and not an obligation of the individual. When the Lord directs you to become a member you are obligated to serve; however coercion to join is not the right of any Christian.
As to the Pulpit- Do not cross in front of the pulpit while service in is progress.
As to the Pulpit – Unless you are a minister or deacon, do not enter the pulpit unless invited by the pastor or a minister.
As to the Sanctuary- Do not enter the sanctuary when the Scripture or prayer is being given. Such movement disturbs the solemnity of the service and is a distraction to those who seek communion with God.
As to the Sanctuary- Do not enter or the sanctuary when during Holy Communion. In cases of emergency only should someone exit; do not re-enter unless directed by the pastor. (Direction given to the ushers from the pastor to allow to re-enter only).
As to Common Sense- The rules of grace are generally based on a liberal dosage of common sense. Remember to treat others as you would like to be treated. Take time to think before you act or speak, loud outburst are not permitted. Church and the sanctity thereof is not a football game. Remember that all you do or say is under the lawful watch of God. Consider the person and the message… not all persons will receive the message as intended but as it is delivered. God gave us wisdom to modify our speech and interactions without compromising the message.
Treatment of the Baptismal Pool: Baptism is the other important ordinance of the Baptist Church. In many churches the baptismal pool is covered and they are typically drained of water until the day of the ceremony. However, some churches have more easily accessible baptismal pools. No one is to ever go into the baptismal pool unless they have specific instructions to do so by church leadership (typically ministers, deacons or trustees)
Cleanliness is Next to Godliness: Be certain to keep the church clean as a way to honor God. After church classes or church meals, make certain that all chairs and tables are where they are supposed to be, and throw away all paper in trash bins. Clean up after yourself in the bathroom and cooperate with any other rules of the church sanitation staff. A clean church is a healthy church. A clean church is one of the factors guests use to determine if they will come back for another visit and or even unite with the church.
During service if it is necessary to pass a note or message, signal the nearest usher to convey or delivery the message/note. This includes telephone messages.
During service if you are in need of anything, signal the nearest usher for assistance.
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As to the Sanctuary- Do not enter or the sanctuary when during Holy Communion. In cases of emergency only should someone exit; do not