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What Should I Do During Church?

  1. Jan 13, 2013 #1

    Jow

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    I am a Roman Catholic and for various reasons I must go to church at least a couple of times a month. Even the most devout get bored in church and I, not being a religious person, get extremely bored. Can you think of anything I could do during church that wont look like I am doing anything. One thing I already do is practice my mandarin in my head (but that is a tad difficult because if I forget a word I can't look through my textbook). I also make fun of things said by the priest, but after a while that gets pretty boring as his homilies tend to be about similar things. Any suggestions would be great, thanks :)
     
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  3. Jan 13, 2013 #2
    Listen to the Feynman Lectures audio
     
  4. Jan 13, 2013 #3
    What a strange situation. You say you're a Roman Catholic, but not religious, and you have to go to church, but you're bored in doing so. Do you have to go because someone forces you to go?
     
  5. Jan 13, 2013 #4

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    I learned to lace my fingers together left-thumb on top.
     
  6. Jan 13, 2013 #5

    chiro

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    Can't you just tell your close ones the truth and leave?
     
  7. Jan 13, 2013 #6

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    My brother and I would grab a donut and a cup of coffee, and then we'd proceed to the parking lot, where we would sit in the family car and listen to American Top 40 for an hour during the time that our parents, actually my mom, attended the service. After service, we'd join my mom, and go get more coffee and more snacks, or lunch.

    My dad was a minister, but he served some small country churches about 90 minutes from home. On some Sundays, my brother and I would join my dad. We met a lot of nice folks, and the lunches were always good.
     
  8. Jan 13, 2013 #7
    Just try to picture everyone naked! Should be some fun times.

    Nah I'd say just use the time to relax and let go of some stress.
     
  9. Jan 13, 2013 #8

    Jow

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    I don't have a choice, I must go to church (I go to a Catholic School and I must keep up appearances).
     
  10. Jan 13, 2013 #9
    I was in the same boat, forced by my parents.. I just told them I was going and played Pokemon in my car. Hahaha

    Hm, perhaps you could do wrist/hand/finger exercises or ab contractions. Pretty weird but, it will pass the time and the hand/finger exercises can increase dexterity and/or strength (useful for instruments).

    Or, you could read the book of Pslams? (Not sure, I'm pretty sure at my church there was a hymnal or something with stories and such) I know you are not religious but there are some decent stories and lessons to be learned from the 'good book'. Plus you never know when random trivia will help you..
     
  11. Jan 13, 2013 #10

    Astronuc

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    Raise your hand, and state that you have a question. :biggrin:

    Ask the question in Aramaic.
     
  12. Jan 13, 2013 #11

    Jow

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    Don't worry, after 11.5 years of Catholic school, my knowledge of the good book and Catholic theology is formidable, though, I haven't found a good use for it, other than being able to anticipate the arguments made by Christians.
     
  13. Jan 14, 2013 #12
    Perhaps you should take the time to become more open-minded then...
     
  14. Jan 14, 2013 #13

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  15. Jan 14, 2013 #14

    BobG

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    I thought the whole point of having to constantly change positions (kneeling, standing, sitting) was so the congregation wouldn't get bored and fall asleep.
     
  16. Jan 14, 2013 #15

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    That and it's a good way of checking to see who has fallen asleep :tongue2:
     
  17. Jan 14, 2013 #16
    Meditate/Relax? (Sad excuse for sleepiness. Hehe).. I have to... Our gang, few friends and colleague, even 'BOSS' and few relatives rarely miss one. It's a good thing right? ^^
     
  18. Jan 14, 2013 #17

    ZombieFeynman

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    Time is only wasted in life if you waste it.
     
  19. Jan 14, 2013 #18

    Ryan_m_b

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    Not true, I can think of many people who have wasted my time.
     
  20. Jan 14, 2013 #19

    jedishrfu

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    you could bring a copy of the deluxe Hobbit book to read. It looks like a school missal in brown leather and the tile Hobbit in gold lettering.

    If you were bolder you could bring a tablet with a missal text on it. From there you could switch back and forth or look up bible history...
     
  21. Jan 14, 2013 #20

    Lisa!

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    Change your school, then!
     
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