Are you OK with Sunday activities for kids?

A friend recently asked on Facebook if anyone else had noticed a trend of kids’ activities being moved to Sundays.

We in fact have had two groups move many, if not all, of their meetings from weeknights to Sunday afternoons in the last two months.  Girls Scouts has moved entirely to Sunday afternoons. (The leader asked if it was OK and everyone said yes.) And Boy Scouts is still meeting some during their week but also some on Sundays as well. (They also asked if it was OK.)

I wouldn’t participate in any activity on Sunday that was during church hours in the morning.  I don’t mind the Sunday afternoon meetings too much. Since my husband is almost always home on Sundays I don’t have to drag all three children to the meetings. Also on Sundays he can help take their kids to the activities.

I hate having to rush through homework and dinner to do weeknight activities. So it has simplified our weeknights some.

My only objection is that sometimes it would be nice just to come from church and not have to go anywhere.

Do you see a trend toward Sunday games, meeting and activities for kids? If so, what do you think is spurring this trend?

How do you feel about Sunday activities? Does it make life simpler or cut into your weekends? Are you willing to meet on Sunday mornings? Would you mind Sunday afternoons?

189 comments Add your comment

Julia

February 16th, 2010
12:40 pm

I do not understand.. If you dont believe in a company policy religious or not, why go work there?? Just to be an azz??

Wayne

February 16th, 2010
12:41 pm

Yeah, I had the 5 day course of antibiotics. Didn’t have to do the breathing maching though.

Erin

February 16th, 2010
12:46 pm

@Julia Not everyone has the luxury of turning down a paycheck.

Julie

February 16th, 2010
1:00 pm

I do and it’s great feeling to not have any debt. Need to borrow a few bucks?

Wayne

February 16th, 2010
1:03 pm

That would be ‘machine’ and NOT ‘maching’…

DB

February 16th, 2010
1:04 pm

I met Truett Cathey briefly about 8 years ago, at a booksigning for one of his books. We took our son with us, as he was interested in meeting him, too. I was so impressed with how Mr. Cathey greeted us kindly, but REALLY zeroed in on my son, asking him questions about his life, etc. At the time, my son was in the 8th grade, and I didn’t know that Mr. Cathey had spent over 40 years teaching 8th grade boys Sunday School. He later wrote a book, “It’s Better to Build Boys than Mend Men” discussing his belief on the importance for young teenage boys to have strong role models that taught them discipline, hard work and values and showed them how to live those values. He zeroed in on 8th grade boys, because he felt that it was a particularly vulnerable time, between puberty, peer pressure and developing the habits that would carry them successfully through high school and life. My son was dazzled, not just with meeting Truett Cathey, but that he had actually taken an interest in him.

And if you think it’s tough being a Christian in a Sunday busines world — try being an observant Jew! I’m not, but we have friends who are, and they have been long resigned themselves to a world that pretty much ignores the fact that their Saturday mornings are as sacrosanct as many Christians’ Sunday mornings. In fact, there is at least one group of several Girl Scout troops whose families are Jewish and have banded together to provide activities for the girls outside of the Saturday mornings that are often scheduled. In club soccer, we actually ended up with a game on an Easter one year, because Easter was very late that year, and the season had been remarkably wet with rainouts. Combined with the Japanese students who weren’t Christian, the Jewish kids, the agnostic kids, the Christian kids were sorta outnumbered, so we had a game Easter Sunday afternoon. It was a beautiful day, too, and we just changed up our family tradition of an Easter meal to an elaborate Easter picnic and invited some family members to join us at a park after we were finished with the game. It was fun :-)

@MJG: I hear the Hilton in Hawaii is quite nice . . . :-)

Erin

February 16th, 2010
1:05 pm

No, I’m just fine; but I do sympathize with those who aren’t – including many of those at the sort of jobs that were mentioned.
I did also work jobs I had less choice about to get here; and sometimes the consequences are rather harsh. Not everyone starts out in their dream job.

JJ

February 16th, 2010
1:05 pm

No debt over here either……but I still would not turn down a paycheck.

1sus

February 16th, 2010
1:06 pm

Sunday is the only day that my husband does not work a good part of the year, so I, for one, don’t mind kids’ activities on Sundays, so that he can activitly participate. I’ve never had something that hasn’t allowed time for morning services, so that hasn’t been an issue. After school and homework is very hectic for us and I find the one day that we have a 6-7:00 p.m. activitie scheduled is the day I DREAD! So I welcome Sunday opportunties for activities, and I consider that family time in a way.

Julia

February 16th, 2010
1:10 pm

so erin you would be a prostitute or a stripper ?? even if that was against your grain?

motherjanegoose

February 16th, 2010
1:15 pm

@ DB, been to Hawaii three times and stayed in a condo each time. We did drive past the Hilton in Waleila ( sp) and it is gorgeous but not enough room for a family of 4…we need a kitchen and washer/ dryer….LOL.

I do not think I will go back to Hawaii…ever…too far but it is beautiful! They do have great promos on the points on a Hilton American Express card…some of our friend’s grown up kids went and loved it.

Now Alaska is a different story altogether!

Erin

February 16th, 2010
1:18 pm

If it were that or my family starving I might have a choice to make then, wouldn’t I? Luckily, I’ve worked to keep myself from having to make that choice.
Seriously, you agree 100% with everything every company you’ve worked for does? You think all people could afford to just not work for any industry that is not their religion, that perhaps employs child labor or underpays overseas, etc?
Not everyone is born rich. Sometimes people need to pay bills. Sometimes people have to take care of themselves while they move up. What jobs would you have some 16 year old on the street with no money do, if they are not of the appropriate belief system for the few local fast food jobs, while unemployment is at such a high?

Yes, I work at a job where the employees have all prayed together many times, where I was told to work extra hours in order to make up for a holiday party I had little interest in. You know what? It’ll get me the experience to chose a more suitable place later. In the meantime, my job does something helpful for the soldiers and I’ll do everything I can – and ignore all the rest of it that I can.

If you seriously have been in a situation all your life where you could chose to stop working indefinitely and never worry about a bill, then you are lucky – but most of the world is not.

Julia

February 16th, 2010
1:24 pm

Erin you are either an idiot or a new person on here… I am about as piss pore as they come but if My gut tells me not to take that job I wont.. even if it means finding something else…. If you can get a job at chick a flick you can also get one at burger king.

BlondeHoney

February 16th, 2010
1:31 pm

Poor lulu I have to stick up for her; I too am not a churchgoer but I have good values and morals nonetheless. There are many so-called christian churchgoers that have an attitude of “I’m a better person than you because I go to church and you don’t”; frankly, no you are not any better or worse than me and I for one am tired of it. And if an atheist ran for president, he’s got my vote :)
On topic I prefer activities earlier rather than later on Sunday, always have…need Sunday sfternoon to regroup, get ready for the week ahead

Erin

February 16th, 2010
1:31 pm

If everyone had that belief, we would only have straight white protestant males in 90% of the workplaces out there – while everyone else fights for the last 10% or starves. We don’t, and I don’t see why we should.

ZachsMom

February 16th, 2010
1:37 pm

Working on Sundays does have a few advantages. Off today, went to the bank, pharmacy and library and there was no wait. I did get to eat at Chick Filet today since I was in Gainesville because Zachary had a Doctors appointment.

My goal is that once a month…myself, husband and son all have the day off together. I work 12 hrs shifts with every other weekend off, husband has a M-F 8-5 24hr on call job. Zachary is in high school and all that involves, plus he has to spend time with his dad (see yesterdays post). It has been nice to have today off…but I am at home alone.

My parents figured out a long time ago that they were never going to get ALL of the kids and grandkids there at one time. They schedule something and if you can come GREAT…if not that is ok too. I remember the 1st year that my husband and I were married. I had to work Christmas day and Zachary was with his dad, so I sent my husband to the inlaws ALL BY HIM SELF. Still don’t think that he has forgiven me for that one.

Becky…I work in prison and I see inmates find “god” all the time. The one thing that most leave in their cell when they leave…..the bible.

Erin

February 16th, 2010
1:38 pm

Thank you all for reminding me why exactly everyone is “Christian” in a workplace – why you never notice the ones who aren’t – and why I left church in the first place. How dare I express a view that tolerance, family and a healthy lifestyle be a more pressing concern for some?

NFulton

February 16th, 2010
1:38 pm

Jane-

Quote from the EEOC website: “It is illegal for an employer to discriminate against a job applicant because of his or her race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.”

Maybe I’m missing your point.

Julia

February 16th, 2010
1:41 pm

That is right Erin… pull the everyone is not a christain when they say they are card….. **yawn**

Tiger needs me on his PR team

February 16th, 2010
1:47 pm

Just to try to not hurt Theresa’s feelings about not reading her topics and just responding to the more outrageous positions taken on this site…I don’t mind Sunday events for my kid, its not like I’ve got a church appts to make! I will tell you I don’t like 11:30 AM Sunday events for the kid, because we’ve got one of those pretty big churches on a main street from my place to town and there is such a traffic jam when they break at 11:00 that I have to leave early just to get to where I need to be on time! And the road rage they exhibit in the traffic jam of their own creation after a worship session is hilarious! I think that might be why attendance might be down…who really likes the traffic and parking problems they have to suffer through?

Regarding the relationship between church going and morality…I haven’t been to church other than for weddings since 1982 and after reading a lot of the posts here from frequent churchgoers…I feel comparatively moral, decent, and kind. ;-) Actually I think Jesus digs me and thinks I’m funny and wouldn’t hold a little thing like not attending church against me.

Julia

February 16th, 2010
1:47 pm

NFulton yea and some dont have the money to pursue this either.. they would rather put food on their table

JJ

February 16th, 2010
1:51 pm

Some are Sunday Christians. And Easter Christians, and Christmas Christians……some are christian when it’s convenient……

5!!!

February 16th, 2010
1:52 pm

“Hey 5, thanks to your parenting philosophy, white water and six flags have become gang land”

What? One of the two of us has poor reading comprehension.

Either I don’t understand what you are writing, or you don’t understand me.

Julia

February 16th, 2010
1:53 pm

but then there are those that go regularly and are godly people

Tiger needs me on his PR team

February 16th, 2010
1:55 pm

JJ and Julia…..but lets not also leave out the Christians who are 24/7 and really, really bad people too.

Julia

February 16th, 2010
1:59 pm

I know tiger.. and they are in every walk of life… its means free will of man and of doing what they want to. but there are those out there that are godly people an try to do the right thing….

motherjanegoose

February 16th, 2010
2:00 pm

@ tiger…too funny. I urge my husband not to put any kind of church bumper sticker on his car as he can be a nutcase driver. He hollers at most everyone around him as if they can hear him. We do have some real morons in Atlanta! I love driving in Arkansas….no hurry no worry!

We once decided NOT to go to a particular church as it took over 30 minutes to get out of the parking lot. I do not want stress on Sunday ( my usual but not always day off) , as I have it all week long when I am being paid to handle it.

Not sure how Jesus feels about you and this is NONE of my business at all! I do think you are funny and bring a lot to the blog. I go to church ( as some go to synagogue) as I think God or Jesus would like to see his children have some kind of commitment to spending time in his house, every once in while. Kind of like my kids saying I really dig them but they never stop in for a visit. I’m just sayin…..
Yes, I can visit with my kids in a boat on the lake or at the beach under an umbrella or in the ballpark but when they come to see me at my house…that sort of says something ( to me and it may be just me).

Tiger needs me on his PR team

February 16th, 2010
2:01 pm

@Julia….you’re right…just like there are lots of non-godly people out there trying to do the right thing. I count myself amongst them.

Julia

February 16th, 2010
2:07 pm

tiger there is a big difference in being godly and perfect. no one other than the one that hung on the cross is perfect. we all make mistakes, Christians or not. I am not a bible thumping “you are going to hell because you dont have my values” but if you do ask me why I feel they way I do, I will try to explain.

Tiger needs me on his PR team

February 16th, 2010
2:10 pm

@Julia…ahhhh, but isn’t it the conventional Christian position that I’m not making it through the pearly gates if I don’t accept Jesus as my saviour? If I recall correctly when I read the bible, to not do that is kind of a deal breaker.

Yes, Tiger...

February 16th, 2010
2:11 pm

…that assumption on how to get through the “pearly gates” is correct.

Tiger needs me on his PR team

February 16th, 2010
2:13 pm

@MJG…..”Kind of like my kids saying I really dig them but they never stop in for a visit. I’m just sayin…..”

Yet you love your children unconditionally and the same whether they visit or not, I would presume.

Julia

February 16th, 2010
2:14 pm

Again Tiger that is my belief…

Tiger needs me on his PR team

February 16th, 2010
2:16 pm

@Yes, Tiger……well there ya go. Murderers who truly repent and accept the saviour the night before their executions get to join the club, and I’m out.

Oh well. Glad I’m not one to take things personally.

Tiger needs me on his PR team

February 16th, 2010
2:18 pm

@Julia…so I’m not going to hell because I don’t share your values, but because I won’t accept Jesus as my saviour…..Tomato, tomahto.

Julia

February 16th, 2010
2:18 pm

Tiger that is your “choice” :)

motherjanegoose

February 16th, 2010
2:19 pm

YES I do love my children either way but I would be terribly hurt if they never came to visit me and perhaps would even wonder if they did care about me at all.

Someone told me this years ago and I stick with it;

YOU MAKE TIME FOR WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU

This is harder to do every day!

Tiger needs me on his PR team

February 16th, 2010
2:21 pm

@Julia…you’re right…it’s even my choice without the quotes bookending the word. ;-)

Tiger needs me on his PR team

February 16th, 2010
2:23 pm

@MJG…and seeing how Jesus would presumably have an insight to me that you don’t even possess with your children…my guess is that he gets me and isn’t hurt at all about not congregating to sing his praises.

5!!!

February 16th, 2010
2:26 pm

Actually, the bible says that if you forgive men when they sin against you, you’re heavenly father will forgive you your sins. If not, then not.

That part is in red.

Lots of magic word Christians. If I say this, then this. But its pretty clear to anyone who actually reads the book that “The Way” was simply a belief that God will treat you how you treat other people.

So, assuming that Christians are right and Jesus was who he said he was, then so long as you treat others good, you’re good, even if you don’t believe in Jesus.

motherjanegoose

February 16th, 2010
2:27 pm

Ya know tiger…you could be absolutely right! Sometimes my insight is WAY off kilter with my own kids and since I am not perfect ( as Jesus is)…that makes sense too! Not mine to judge at all.

motherjanegoose

February 16th, 2010
2:30 pm

5!!!…I believe the red part means that Jesus spoke it. Not all Bibles have His words in red, so then how would we tell which words are the most important?

Tiger needs me on his PR team

February 16th, 2010
2:32 pm

@5!!!!…..good to know there is a loophole there! Now when you say that part is in red…was it originally printed in red, did God say to whomever was dictating for him that day “make sure you put that part in red”, or was that editorial discretion at the latest printing?

@MJG….who knows…now THAT is the eternal question.

5!!!

February 16th, 2010
2:32 pm

I guess whichever words stick out the most to you. I particularly am fond of the 3rd chapter of Acts promoting Communism.

Jane

February 16th, 2010
2:32 pm

@NFulton – you missed the point. You need to re-read EXACTLY what you wrote. You wrote:

“it’s a federal law to prohibit job discrimination.”

I said for you to rethink that one. You said that it’s a federal law to PROHIBIT job discrimination. In other words you said it’s illegal to stop someone from discrimination. See? You got your words mixed up.

Lisa

February 16th, 2010
2:35 pm

Tiger’s getting off on his soapbox again! (and I do mean GETTING-OFF).

Tiger needs me on his PR team

February 16th, 2010
2:40 pm

@Lisa…just trying to figure out the rules of the eternal bliss game ;-)

Julia

February 16th, 2010
2:42 pm

I do not feel the need to poke the bear or separate hairs on this…. Tiger, you miss the point. it is my belief and it does not have to be yours but I will not get on here to just counter every thing you say about your beliefs.. sometimes its good to take the high road or JUST LET IT GO :)

Julia

February 16th, 2010
2:46 pm

Tiger here is a very good read for you..My Decent Into Death. Its by Howard Storm. Its not a big book but it is very profound

lakerat

February 16th, 2010
2:46 pm

Wow, Tiger, you are getting a little (or, actually, a lot) off base as to what the original question for today is. And to 5!!!, the “red letters” in the Bible are highlighted that way to outline words that Jesus actually spoke (I know, I know – translations are subject to change, but the gist of the intent is that Jesus’ words were spoken and recorded as such).

There are many on this blog, Tiger, who would welcome a chance to sit down with you regarding your questions about Christ, the church, and Christianity. But, this is not the proper forum for that, so we, or at least I, ask that you refrain from getting so far off topic in your attempts to ridicule that which you do not believe, and stick to the subject du jour.

Thanks