Attending worship can help you grow in your faith and gives you the opportunity to fellowship with other believers. For most people, attending a worship service means just showing up at the right time. While you do not have to do anything but show up, there are a few things that will help you get the most out of your worship experience.
Visit the website of your place of worship
Visit the website of your place of worship to make sure their beliefs line up with yours and to find a list of service times, so you can choose the one that best suits you and your family. You can also find out if certain services offer traditional or contemporary services and if they have programs for children and teens.
A Bible, notepad, pens, and highlighters are good to have on hand if you plan to take notes during the worship service or if you want to mark certain passages in your Bible to study later. If you plan to use a digital Bible app, make sure you update the app prior to attending worship to reduce any technical glitches that may occur with an outdated app. You may want to use a small tote or backpack to carry your supplies and a bottle of water.
What you do the night before matters
Being tired and drowsy can make it difficult to focus during a worship service. Try to get to bed at a decent time the night before you attend worship, so you feel refreshed in the morning. It is also not a good idea to overindulge in alcohol or junk food the night before, which can make you feel lethargic or sick when attending worship.
Prepare to arrive early
Rushing into service at the last minute is never helpful, so plan to arrive 15 to 30 minutes early to give yourself time to get settled before the service starts. This is especially important if you have kids who need to be signed in to attend the kids' program. Arriving a little early gives you time to sit quietly and clear your mind prior to the start of the service.
Meeting with other believers for a time of worship is one of the ways you can grow in your faith. Attending worship can also help you unwind and get ready for the week ahead. However, it is also important to do a little planning prior to attending a worship service to maximize the experience.
For more info about how to attend worship, contact a local church.