No, I'm talking about church.
A church, a good church, is really a second home. Or sometimes even more like a first home, depending on what your family situation is. This may not be true for all of you, but in my teenage years my life revolved nearly completely around the rhythms of my church. Youth group, Sunday School, Bible Quiz team - these were the activities where I met and kept my closest friends. We saw each other three times a week at least at church, and our siblings and parents were close friends as well.
So when I left for college I had little desire to search out a new church. I'd just go home every weekend and attend my old church, right?
Doesn't work quite that way.
My friends moved on. Going back to my old church became strange and weird. I was out of sync and it no longer was "home" for me. Even when I came back from college for good this didn't change.
It wasn't until I moved out to Virginia that I found my own church for the first time. It was a really amazing experience. I attended this little Bible Church out in the mountains, and the sunrise Easter service and the wonderful people I met there will be some of my most enduring memories from my time out East.
But I'm home again now and I have to face decisions once again. I love my old church and my pastor and I'm involved with youth ministry there so I'm not leaving any time soon. But the trouble is there is a real lack of bible studies and the like for young adult singles who aren't in college, but aren't in their 30's.
I think this is a real problem with the church these days. Unless a particular congregation is located by a college, there simply isn't an awareness that these young people need connections. Because the other options are slim. Work and bars. How are we supposed to meet other Christian young people?
I've been doing some searching but haven't had much luck so far. Oh, there is a vibrant ministry going on not too far from where I live that is directly mainly at my age group. But it is very very hip and contemporary and that's not quite what I'm looking for in a worship service. I mean, I like contemporary worship music, but I'd like the building to actually look like a church and not have crazy lights, you know?
But it seems that's all you can really find for people in their 20's.