Nowadays, singles looking for love are trying online dating, introductions through family and friends, the gym, work, airports and even their doctor's waiting room. People are constantly looking for creative ways to meet that special someone.
Before the Internet, speed dating and singles gatherings, attending Church was one of the best ways for a husband and wife to meet. People worshipped God, brought him into their lives and in turn many unions occurred among his followers. With more than 90 million singles in the United States alone, it's not quantity as much as it could be quality that's delaying people from finding that once-in-a-life-time connection.
Bringing spirituality into your life has endless rewards. Following are just a few of the reasons why Church may be the next "it" place for meeting a lifetime partner:
The Right Atmosphere:
Finding that special someone in the house where you worship could be a Godsend (no pun intended). For starters, the atmosphere is usually more genuine because people are less likely to have ulterior motives when they're standing on holy ground. Meeting in God's house also takes the guesswork out of whether or not you and your mate will have the same beliefs and values when it comes to raising children and taking care of a household.
Making New Friends:
If you are a regular churchgoer, it's only a matter of time before you become familiar with people in your community who are attending the same Sunday sermon as you. It's not just the single eligible bachelor or bachelorette that could grab your attention, it's the regulars that you encounter who get to know you as time passes on. If you don't see anyone who immediately catches your eye, remember that many couples who attend Church have single children or they can recommend single friends. It's more comfortable when you meet someone who comes through a trusted source.
More than Sundays:
Sunday isn't the only day when you have the opportunity to meet someone. Religious affiliations all across the country host organized activities for single people during the week. Most host single mixers, parties, and dances and there are usually support groups for widowed or divorced Christians as well. Branch out by looking beyond Sunday to meet other singles. If you're unsure what's being offered in your area, look in the weekly Church bulletins or give your local Parish a call.
Another way to meet people at Church is by volunteering your time to be a youth group leader, whether it be teaching the bible or just working with the children on projects. You could meet other singles who are participating in these activities or you may meet a divorced or widowed single parent.
If you are looking to volunteer your time for a longer period, missions are a great way to become involved in the Christian organization. Many congregations look for volunteers to travel to other countries to help the poor, homeless or sick. Working together closely with other volunteers on the trip could initiate a spark.
The most important thing you can do is to attend Church for the sake of God. There's nothing more attractive to another Christian churchgoer than a person who is committed to their religion. God works in mysterious ways and when you least expect it, He could bring a new partner into your life.
Lori is a writer living in Brooklyn, NY. She is currently working on her memoir in progress, Single to Baby.
By Lori Bizzoco for LoveAndSeek.com
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