Going to church weekly is good for you. In today’s fast-paced and frantic world, Sundays may be the only time that your family is able to catch up on much-needed rest and relaxation in preparation for another hectic week. Getting up early and rounding everyone up for church may seem more like work than an enjoyable way to end the weekend, but there are definite benefits to being actively involved in your church.
Going to church is good for your body. Religious attendance provides a way for people to cope with the stressors of life thus boosting the immune system and decreasing blood pressure. It may add as much as two to three years to your life.
Going to church is good for your mind. The relationship of religion to good mental health may surprise some people. In the past decade more research has been done on the interface between the soul and the psyche than ever before. The vast majority of the results show that religious involvement has a positive impact on mental health.
Going to church is good for your children. A 2010 Child Trends’ review indicates that kids from religious backgrounds are less likely to be involved in violence, theft and vandalism or to struggle with substance abuse problems than their peers. One thing that all churches have in common is an emphasis on love, charity and faith. Imparting these virtues to your children through regular church attendance can only be a good thing. Also, attending Sunday school classes or children’s ministry programs helps very young children establish the social and organizational skills they’ll need to thrive when they begin attending school.
Going to church is good for your family. Attending church services together and being active in faith-based programs provides your family with a wealth of talking points, helping to facilitate conversations and strengthen your bonds. A church family provides you with an extended network of like-minded people who have the same beliefs and spiritual aims that you have, allowing you to seek support and give encouragement to one another. If you happen to live far away from your own extended family, members of your congregation who you’re particularly close to can help fill that void.
We could go on and on and on with the many benefits of regular church attendance. One main reason people don’t attend church more often is the “I’m too busy to go to church” mentality. Somehow people think going to church is a time management problem and it just doesn’t fit into the schedule. Here is something I discovered when considering my own church attendance:
There are 52 weeks in one year.
•A prayer meeting one hour before each church service and a little fellowship afterwards is around 3 hours. [156 services x 3 hours = 468 hours per year divided by 24 hours = 19.5 total days]
• Divide that 19.5 days by 365 days = 0.0534 years x 100 = 5.34%
If a person attends every regular service, prayer meeting and fellowship, they are only spending 5.34 percent of their year in church.
In fact, add in any extra regular event (such as a bible study, music night or support group session), throw in a weekly community outreach program and a couple of Revival meetings and the total does not even add up to 10%!
If the tithe of our money is the Lord’s are we also tithing our time as faithfully as our money?
The more interesting question is what are we doing with the remaining 94.6 percent of our time? Any way you add it up regular attendance to church is a good thing for everyone.