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Is Church this Sunday 1 hour or 3 hours?

Rusty - December 19, 2006

Ours is all three. What’s yours?


  1. Our Bishop was “inspired” to only have Sacrament Meeting – yeah!!!!!! for us.

    Comment by Don Clifton — December 19, 2006 @ 2:11 pm

  2. Vienna, Austria = 1
    Worcester, England = 3

    I told my parents to rebel and only go to sacrament. Or, if the SS and P/RS lessons are on anything other than Christmas to walk out.

    Yes, I’m an Angry Young Man.

    Comment by Ronan — December 19, 2006 @ 2:27 pm

  3. They made it a point to announce from the pulpit (at the end of sacrament meeting so that anyone who was late could hear) that we would be having all three hours of chuch on Christmas eve. Starting time is 12:30PM. I’m thinking that one hour sounds about right.

    Comment by Jared — December 19, 2006 @ 2:30 pm

  4. We’re extending it to 4.5.

    Comment by gst — December 19, 2006 @ 2:32 pm

  5. Our ward (in Salt Lake City) = Sacrament Only. Your Bishop or SP should have received a letter from the First Presidency letting him know that it was up to his discretion whether or not to have SS and RS/PH on Christmas Eve. Our SP decided on having only Sacrament mtg throughout the stake.

    Comment by Capt. Obsidian — December 19, 2006 @ 2:38 pm

  6. No announcement in my ward, but if my youth Sunday School class hopes to get the Christmas cookies I’m going to bring and the Christmas lesson I’m going to prepare (more the cookies than the lesson, of course), they’d better pray for three hours.

    Otherwise the cookies are all mine. (And my wife’s and daughter’s and sister’s and bil’s, etc.)

    Comment by Sam B — December 19, 2006 @ 2:51 pm

  7. My husband’s cooking pizza for the Elder’s Quorum the last hour.

    Comment by Susan M — December 19, 2006 @ 4:42 pm

  8. Three. In a Tooele Utah stake.

    Comment by Tanya S. — December 19, 2006 @ 5:19 pm

  9. Perhaps a better question to ask is: Who is going to skip? I don’t think I’ll be going, lol.

    Comment by Chad — December 19, 2006 @ 5:37 pm

  10. Same as usual (2 hours).

    Comment by Justin — December 19, 2006 @ 6:57 pm

  11. One hour. I often attend for only one hour anyway, but at least this time my whole family will be with me.

    GST, sounds like you’re in my in-law’s ward. Four and a half hours every Sunday for the bishopric. Just imagine how righteous they must be!

    Comment by Ann — December 19, 2006 @ 8:36 pm

  12. 3 – with a message from the Area Authorities that we were wrong to offer a 1 hour option.

    Comment by Gilgamesh — December 19, 2006 @ 9:00 pm

  13. The ward in which I live is having all 3 hours. My wife and I will only be attending 1. She will have to find a sub for RS.

    We are going to the Episcopal Church for the Festival Eucharist that night at 11pm. Call it a religious exchange program.

    Comment by Phouchg — December 19, 2006 @ 9:29 pm

  14. Normal 3 hours in the Welby 8th (West Jordan, Utah) ward.
    And the week after (31st) is Fast Sunday because the following week is Stake Conference.

    Comment by Daylan — December 19, 2006 @ 10:01 pm

  15. Ann,
    Funny, when people find out how much time bishoprics spend at the church on Sundays they usually get the sympathy response, not the “look how righteous you are” response. Or do you just condescend to them when they’re not looking?

    Comment by Rusty — December 19, 2006 @ 11:45 pm

  16. we are having 2 hours…Sacrament and RS/PH.

    Comment by m&m — December 20, 2006 @ 12:24 am

  17. I am hoping for one hour. The wind storm in seattle made last week 0 hours and we’re still waiting for our electricity to come back up.

    Comment by P&J — December 20, 2006 @ 1:02 am

  18. All three hours. The branch president said, Christmas day = 1 hour; Christmas Eve = 3 hours! And the primary is in charge of Sacrament meeting. Last week the primary presidency gave my 7-year old daughter a 2 and a half page (typed) story to READ to the congregation. I said, “You’ve got to be kidding!” So, even though we are attending all three hours, it will probably feel like 4 or 5.

    Comment by meems — December 20, 2006 @ 6:10 am

  19. No prechurch meetings (PEC), 1 hour Sacrement, followed by light refreshments in the Cultural Hall.

    Comment by TStevens — December 20, 2006 @ 6:54 am

  20. The letter that Capt. Obsidian talks of is a myth. There’s no such thing. I just reviewed the archive of letters from Church headquarters, and there’s nothing about services on Christmas eve.

    There is a general letter, sent back in August 2006, addressed to Stake Presidents, that says

    No reductions in or changes to the three-hour meeting schedule have been approved.

    Obviously there are common-sense exceptions–you don’t stay for three hours of church when the blizzard of the century is wreaking havoc–but it appears that cancelling Sunday school on a whim is not one of those exceptions.

    On the other hand, since this letter was not addressed to mission or district presidents, it seems that there’s total flexibility in meeting schedules in districts.

    There are some great housing deals in Williamsburg and Greenpoint, and a great church experience (at 1.5 hours per Sunday??) awaits!

    Comment by Mark B. — December 20, 2006 @ 7:24 am

  21. No. 5: “Your Bishop or SP should have received a letter from the First Presidency letting him know that it was up to his discretion whether or not to have SS and RS/PH on Christmas Eve.”

    Sorry, there simply was no such letter. Our ward is having all 3 hours, as are all wards in our stake except the student ward. But I think the one ward with an afternoon schedule is changing times or consolidating with another ward for the day.

    Comment by JrL — December 20, 2006 @ 7:25 am

  22. Isn’t this interesting. Anytime there is discussion or rumor of any change in reducing the length of church meetings, the blogs and message boards all go nuts over this topic. Could there be a trend here – that the membership in general may start voting with their feet if the 3 hour block continues? Perhaps permanently reducing time obligations on members would do wonders for activity and desire to attend church.

    Comment by Phouchg — December 20, 2006 @ 7:38 am

  23. Pre-church meetings ( two hours of them ), cancelled… and church will be just one hour… and no choir practice.

    So one hour whittled-down from six.

    Same for New Years Eve.

    This is a downtown SLC ward.

    Comment by Silus Grok — December 20, 2006 @ 10:21 am

  24. Its sort of funny that people who usually don’t go to church go only on Christmas and Easter…. yet we want to get out early on Christmas…

    We only go 1 hour. The sad thing its still 2:30pm. I’ll be glad when we don’t have the 2:30-5:30 schedule.

    Comment by SB — December 20, 2006 @ 10:53 am

  25. The Bishop typically spends about two hours at church prior to the 3 hour block, and then about 1 hour after… usually. Sometimes it’s more. Then you’ve usually got at least an extra 2 hours at church sometime during the week for interviews and such. This doesn’t even count the extra hours spent with the Stake Presidency during the month.

    And that’s just the bare minimum of time commitment.

    Comment by Seth — December 20, 2006 @ 11:15 am

  26. We’ve got our normal three hours, though from what I’ve heard, most of the ward will be out of town. I wish it was one hour… we’re going to Midnight Mass, and it’s going to be a long day.

    Comment by Serenity Valley — December 20, 2006 @ 3:00 pm

  27. Yeah, my bishop apparently asked the stake for just one hour christmas eve, but they denied the request. I think it would be nice if he got to shorten his other meetings though.

    Comment by Ian Cook — December 20, 2006 @ 3:31 pm

  28. Our stake is splitting the difference:

    Wards that begin meeting in the morning get 3 hours of meetings; wards that begin meeting in the afternoon get one hour. On order of the Stake President.

    And Bishop says, “No, we cannot change our meeting bloc time for just that one week. But we’ll have a special musical Sacrament Meeting and shortened Sunday School with plenty of time for PH/RS.”

    Comment by NorCal — December 20, 2006 @ 9:45 pm

  29. We’re having a 1.5-hour sacrament meeting only, jointly with the other ward that meets in our building, and lot of it will be a choir presentation. That sounds appropriate to me.

    Comment by Montanan — December 20, 2006 @ 11:17 pm

  30. As was discussed in a thread on Mormon Mentality a few months ago (“War Meeting Schedules”), some wards meet for 4.5 hours on a regular basis due to being bilingual–they both start and end the block with a sacrament meeting in each of the languages.

    It doesn’t have anything to do with righteousness, just meeting everyone’s needs (bad pun!) and allowing everyone to worship.

    So the 4.5 hours is just time spent in general meetings, not the before and after meetings and interviews.

    That said, we don’t always hold both sacrament services. For example, we all want to meet together for ward conference, the children’s sacrament meeting, and last week’s Christmas presentation by the choir. In those cases, some of the prayers and music is in Spanish.

    Comment by Naismith — December 21, 2006 @ 11:25 am

  31. Just sacrament. And we’re combining that with the other ward that meets in the building. If there was more, I’d end up skipping.

    Comment by heather — December 21, 2006 @ 7:57 pm

  32. We have one, my parents have three and my brother has one this week and one next week(maybe we’ll attend his ward for New Years).

    Comment by jjohnsen — December 21, 2006 @ 9:40 pm

  33. Ours was three and I had to teach in RS so I had to be there. I guess our Bishop received information that he could shorten it to only 1 hour, but he didn’t get the information until late in the week and wasn’t sure if the other wards we share a building with got the information….so he decided to go ahead and have all three hours. Wasn’t a huge deal, but we go to my mom’s church for her Christmas Eve candle light services as well so it makes for a long day. I did however opt out of going to her morning service (1 hour)along with our afternoon service (3 hours) and her evening service (1 hour). So it could have been longer.

    Comment by Nicole — December 26, 2006 @ 10:36 am

  34. Ours was three. I had to teach EQ, and even though there were six of us, one was from the bishopric and three were visiting..

    Comment by Kim Siever — December 26, 2006 @ 10:51 pm

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