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Carwen*Angel January 29th, 2013 05:10 AM

Two for Tuesday
 
What's your earliest memory of worship? (eg church, Sunday school, school assembly, Pagan ritual, prayer or Bible reading at home etc)

Were you taught anything as a child about spirituality that still stays with you even now?

fromGirltoMommy January 29th, 2013 07:25 AM

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Good questions. I went to religion as a child, I think I started when I was 6, I have memories of being there are Sunday School.

I was brought up Catholic, I never really got into it. It didn't speak to me.

Amaranth Dhanya January 29th, 2013 07:48 AM

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1. Giving a talk in Primary when I was about 5.
2. The importance of family.

Earthy.Mama January 29th, 2013 07:52 AM

Re: Two for Tuesday
 
What's your earliest memory of worship? (eg church, Sunday school, school assembly, Pagan ritual, prayer or Bible reading at home etc)
I went to church when I was 3. I remember b/c they didn't let me eat the bread and juice/wine or w/e it was and I got mad.

Were you taught anything as a child about spirituality that still stays with you even now?
Nope.

Carwen*Angel January 29th, 2013 09:59 AM

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My earliest memory of worship is listening to stories about Jesus in school assembly - which I always found "got me" and sometimes made me tear up.

What I LEARNED that sticks with me most is to have an open mind. My Dad taught me that.

What sticks in my mind MOST is a song Mum learned at Sunday school and taught me as a very little girl. It went like this, and yes I do remember it by heart:
"The Bible tells us something we're all supposed to know
Tis all about the devil and the way he hates us so
They say that he will come in if you let him in the room
He'll never ever leave you if your heart is filled with gloom
So let the sun shine in, face it with a grin
Smilers never frown, losers never win
So let the sun shine in, face it with a grin
Open up your heart and let the sun shine in."

Now, I do not believe in the devil - though I may have done at the time. I was only about 4. But I do certainly believe that having an open heart and putting positivity out there is a large part of what can make the difference between happiness/fulfilment and sadness/feeling lost. So far as I can see, the other part that makes a difference is chance/fate. But having an open heart, open to help, open to miracles, open to comfort, open to love, can really help through those toughest of times.

Shades of Grey January 29th, 2013 04:46 PM

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My earliest memories were missionaries coming over, usually for dinner, but they would do lessons sometimes too.

What I took from my childhood experiences was mainly that family is the most important thing.

plan4fate January 29th, 2013 09:30 PM

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I have memories of church from when I was very little, Christmas mostly. Then Sunday School. I read the bible when I was 8 (cover to cover). My mom forced it on us.. but didn't do it herself. It was more out of tradition and a feeling that she was supposed to make us go, than out of her actually believing.

Some has stuck with me. Mostly because it was drilled in. DH family was taken a back at his grandmother's funeral when there wasn't any prayer done that I could not say by heart. Even DH had no idea I'd had that much exposure. Initially I'd wanted my children at least baptized.. but I no longer want that. I might find someone to do a baby blessing at my grandmother's home when the time comes... I have a few friends who know some witches who do that for people who wish to have a blessing, but not a religious one.


I mean no disrespect to anyone... they are wiccan's and they refer to themselves as witches :)

Mountain~Mama January 30th, 2013 04:23 AM

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My family was never religious and did not go to church. I remember going to a Methodist church with my Grandma a few times and it was so boring and I didn't really get anything out of it other than wearing a dress and looking at the pretty stained glass windows.

Another time a friend invited us to go to a church with her, a group of about 5 or 6 of us kids went and it was a holy roller, charismatic kind of place. At the end of the service they had all of us kids come forward and surrounded us wanting us to be filled with Jesus and talk in tongues. It was seriously one of the most scary situations I've ever been in. One of the moms showed up right then and put a stop to it. We never went back.

In high school I went with another friend to a similar kind of church and kind of got sucked in until I couldn't handle the guilt of being a sinner any more. I always thought religion should make you feel good not like crap.

Since then, I,ve not ever really been to church. I feel that religion and spirituality is something that I have in me and don't need to go to an organized gathering to have faith.


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