The Acholi use the term “going to prayer” instead of the American term “church service”, but it means the same thing.
Let me say, I have never seen so many people in one city attend church so much. There is a Sunday morning service, Sunday evening service, Friday night overnight prayer (think lock-in for adults), Monday through Friday lunch service and Wednesday night healing service…. Church attendance is the thing to do.
Even more interesting is the church “hopping”. Asking what church someone goes to can get you quite an answer. “My mother church is Risen Church, sometimes I go to St. Mary (the Catholic Church) and sometimes if I am running late I go to Gulu City Church. They are all so nice.”
People here switch churches so much that they never have an opportunity to actually connect with a community of believers. Ever-wandering, no one can get to know them well enough to hold them accountable, encourage them or allow them a place to serve fellow believers. Which is actually what church is supposed to be about.
So, sadly, I see many people here dedicated to the activity of church. But church without the connection to other believers is just some activity to busy themselves with, a distraction from the reality that they are not investing time into a relationship with Jesus.
But the Lord answered and said to her, “ Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”- Luke 10: 41-42
What do yall think? Is there a way to do “big church” better? Have you seen this in other places?