What ever happened to Sunday and Wednesday evening church services?

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I recently had 3 brief tweets reminiscing about when churches had Sunday and Wednesday night services, and I bemoaned that they have been replaced by small groups.

To clarify several things: It is easy to “romanticize” the past, and I don’t want to do that. I am also not against change or adaptation to the times. Do a google search for something like “why did churches stop having Sunday and Wed night services” and you’ll find a few articles. This one shares some history about why such services came to be in the first place. Circumstances do change.

Even back in the day, Sunday and Wednesday evening services got less attendance. Perhaps half would come Sunday evening, and that would drop another half (to 25% of the Sunday am service) for the Wednesday night service. Not everyone can make it back for various reasons – such as employment. (Although I…

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My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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