August 18, 2008

What is a church?

We attended our first G.U.S.T meeting last Wednesday evening at the UU church in our area.  On our way up I explained to Robotson where we were going.  He's never been to a church and we've only talked about them briefly so of course he asked, "What is a church?"  I explained it's where people go on Sundays (generally) to be with their friends and talk about how to be good people, who make good choices, during the week.  And for good measure I threw in that they also talk about their god if they believe in one.  He missed that part apparently.  His only concern at that point if the other kids would like him.  We all had a good time.  Well, at least Robotson and I did.  Poor B had to leave the meeting and walk the girls around outside because they weren't happy being with people they didn't know.  My kids have never been with anyone other than family or close friends before.  Dimples especially wasn't going for it.  

The next morning I asked Robotson if he knew what a god was.  He said no.  I know we've talked about it before but I am guessing he just doesn't remember (or care.)  We are very lucky that we have several good friends in our area, and religion isn't an issue so it never comes up.  I feel sort of guilty though that he doesn't know much of the mythology in our world.   I don't want him to be unprepared when he does come across other kids with religious hang-ups.  I'm going to start looking around for some good books on all the different myths, especially ones that are similar across several cultures.  


  1. I know it really doesnt matter to you, but a church isnt a location or a building where people meet. The biblical concept of Church is that it is those who belive and have trusted in Christ. He is the head and the Church is the body.

  2. At the time of the conversation, we weren't talking about the biblical concept of a church. He was asking about the building where we were going and so I explained the reason for the building.