What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?
Our primary family worship service is called sacrament meeting. This meeting is held in our chapels on Sunday and lasts approximately 70 minutes. Visitors are welcome to attend. It is common for families to attend, and we are accustomed to having children as part of the congregation.
A typical meeting would consist of the following:
- Hymns: Religious songs sung by the congregation (hymn books are provided).
- Prayers: Offered by local Church members.
- Partaking of the sacrament (communion): The sacrament consists of prepared bread and water, which is blessed and passed by priesthood holders to those in attendance who wish to do so.
- Speakers: Typically a meeting will have two or three assigned speakers.
(Note: We do not pass a plate or request donations as part of our worship services.)
Visitors are also welcome to attend other Sunday meetings that precede or follow sacrament meeting:
- Sunday School classes are offered for each age group, beginning with 12 year olds.
- Primary meetings consist of a group service and age-oriented classes for children 3 through 11 years of age.
- A nursery is available for young children, ages 18 months to 3 years.
- Young Women meetings provide classes for those 12 through 17 years of age.
- Relief Society meeting is for women, ages 18 years and older.
- Priesthood meetings provide age-oriented classes for males 12 years and older.
Stephen Koceja answered...
Everyone is welcome. We love visitors. Families are welcome and young children. This is a list of how the day progresses while in the chapel: A typical meeting would consist of the following: Hymns: Religious songs sung by the congregation (hymn books are provided). Prayers: Offered by local Church members. Partaking of the sacrament (communion): The sacrament consists of prepared bread and water, which is blessed and passed by priesthood holders to those in attendance who wish to do so. Speakers: Typically a meeting will have two or three assigned speakers. There are a list of meetings above as well. Visitors are welcome to that as well. Show more
Mormon church services are unique. When I first started attending I felt three hours was too long to be in church, but I quickly grew to like it because I realised that each of the three meetings has a very practical, edifying focus. The Sacrament meeting is the principal meeting and it is where everyone (women and men, young and old) come together to have the sacrament (communion) and hear talks by their fellow church members. Since there is no paid clergy, Mormons take turns speaking to the congregation about how a particular principle or doctrine has strengthened their faith in Christ. Depending on the size of the congregation, a Mormon can speak as often as once a year to once every two or three years. In Sunday School, the youth attend classes according to their age and the adults attend a class together. The curriculum varies from year to year, but the focus each year is on a book of scripture and how its lessons can help us develop stronger families, be better neighbours and parents, etc. For example, this year (2011) all the adults are studying the New Testament. In the third hour we group together as men and women. The men's class looks at how the gospel of Christ can help us in our roles as men, husbands, fathers, etc., while the women study how Christ's teachings can help them be better women, wives, mothers, etc. Visitors are welcome in all of these meetings. Show more
Come to church with us! We would love to have you. I know attending an unfamiliar church meeting can be scary and intimidating. Feel free to go up to anyone you meet and tell them this is your first time coming. You should always feel welcome to come and attend with us. Mormon church meetings may be different than other church meetings you've attended. We typically have three meetings you can attend. Our main meeting, we call Sacrament Meeting, is intended for individuals and families to attend together. Sit up front, sit in the back. There are no assigned seats. In this meeting, we try to focus on the sacrifice of our Savior Jesus Christ. You will hear several prayers and gospel messages given in this meeting. Another meeting we have on Sunday is Sunday-School. This meeting is designed to focus on specific teachings of Christ. It is often somewhat interactive, with some class members asking questions of the teacher throughout the lesson. You are free to ask questions or simply sit back and listen. We hope you feel a genuine spirit of warmth and friendship as you attend. The final meeting we have on Sunday is a Priesthood or Relief-Society meeting. Men and attend the Priesthood meeting and women attend Relief-Society. Here we focus on the teachings of Christ that are appropriate to our roles as men and women. You should also feel free to participate, ask questions, or simply sit back and listen. Show more
Visitors are welcome at any Mormon church! Usually people wear nice clothes - dresses and skirts for women and a white shirt and tie for men. In the main gathering - "sacrament meeting" - the congregation meets together to hear talks that are assigned to members and visiting leaders. Because nobody is paid in the church - including the Bishop - and we learn when we share, most people usually get a chance to speak to the congregation. We also sing together. Some of my friends have found the songs we sing to be slower and softer than what they are used to. We don't have a church band to accompany the music. Instead the church organ plays the songs and we sing with reverence, thinking about the lyrics. Show more
Absolutely! Church is a great opportunity to feel the Spirit. I'm sure that those not of our faith could find our Sunday services a little confusing, so I'll try to help clarify. On any given Sunday throughout the year, the following is the typical layout of our church services: -Sacrament Meeting -Sunday School -Priesthood (Men); Relief Society (Women) Each meeting lasts about an hour. Each is an opportunity for us to grow closer in faith and familiarity with one another. The Sunday school and other meetings are divided into appropriate age groups for those under eighteen years of age. Show more
A typical church service lasts three hours and is comprised of a variety of meetings. We have a congregational meeting where there is singing of hymns, praying, administration of the sacrament (the main purpose of the meeting), and talks (sermons given by any asked member of the congregation) or testimonies (by any volunteer member of the congregation) shared. A Sunday School meeting is attended where we study the Bible, Book of Mormon, and other scriptures (or other specialty classes such as Family History, Family Relationships, Temple Preparation, etc) are studied. Even the young children attend Sunday School Classes. The final meeting is specific to age and even gender. The children attend Primary where they learn and sing songs about the gospel and are taught lessons from the scriptures. Teenagers attend Young Men and Young Women where they are also taught lessons from the scriptures and specific principles and commandments that pertain to the temptations and life experiences they face. The adult women attend Relief Society and the adult men attend Priesthood Quorums (groups). The adults are also taught lessons from the scriptures and modern revelation. They also discuss practical information relevant to raising families. All are welcome in our church meetings. You can find a service near you by using the Meetinghouse Locator or mormon.org. Do not hesitate to introduce yourself to a member of the congregation and feel free to ask questions in a quiet manner during the service and definitely afterward. Show more
Our fundamental religious service is what we call our Sacrament meeting. Anyone is welcome to join us in Sacrament meeting as well as our other Sunday meetings at any of our buildings. Sacrament is a time when we ponder and reflect on Jesus Christ's atonement for our sins, for He is the path by which we can repent of our wrongdoings and begin anew on a correct path with additional guidance from our Heavenly Father. Furthermore, on Sunday we have general Sunday School meetings where we talk more in-depth about the various doctrine of the gospel as well as meetings where we meet in groups of similarly-aged individuals to learn and discuss gospel topics more focused to each particular age group. We welcome anybody and everybody and would love to see you in our congregation spiritually connecting with your loving Heavenly Father and drawing nearer to him and his son, Jesus Christ. Show more
Mormon church services are dignified and simple. A sacrament meeting will be conducted by a regular guy wearing a regular business suit. The organ will be played by a regular member of the congregation who is not paid for his or her service. The singing will be led by a regular member of the congretaion. The prayers will be given by regular folks. The sacrament will be blessed and passed by regular folks, usually teenage boys. The talks will be given by members of the congregation, often teenagers. Special music might be presented by regular folks, or the ward choir. Members of the ward choir are just regular members of the congregation who like to sing, and are not paid for their service. Looking around the congregation, you will most likely see some singles but also families including little children and babies. Babies tend to be fussy so the room will not be totally silent. We try to maintain reverence, but it's a learning process. The kids are not perfectly reverent, and neither are the rest of us. People are dressed in regular clothes, usually conservative and modest. Men and boys usually wear dress shirts and ties. Women and girls usually wear dresses or skirts. You are welcome to come and attend any of our worship services. You will not be asked to stand and sit, stand and sit, stand and sit. No one will pass a collection plate or ask you for money. You come in and sit and relax. And when you come, please sit by me! Show more
John Batty answered...
What I like about Latter-Day-Saint (Mormon) services: - There is no paid clergy. Nobody is there because it puts food on the table or because they are trying to make a profit. We are all there because we love God and want to serve him. - Everyone participates. Some speak, some pray, some sing, some teach. Everyone does something. - It is a loving community of believers. Everyone is friendly and caring. As members of the church we strive to look out for and help each other and others. There will always be smiling faces to welcome you and somebody to show you around. - It gives me a way to serve God and others. Because the Church is ran strictly by volunteers, everyone has the chance to help. It always makes me feel important when I am able to use the talents that God has given me to help other people. - I always feel close to God. The Holy Spirit of God is always present in His church. It teaches me, encourages me through hard times, and gives me guidance for the future. It is from attending this church that I have grown to feel close to God. Visitors are always welcome! I love these services so much and they have completely changed my life. I always learn something and I always receive guidance from God when I feel like I need it. I really feel like you will enjoy them as much as I do. Come and see for yourself! Show more