Sun 2 Apr 2006
My father is catholic and my mother is a protestant and so, when my sisters and I were born my father decided we were to be raised catholic. After my older sister and I were baptized we moved to a Congregationalist church where my mom was more comfortable and my little sister was baptized. I went through Sunday school and confirmation there and became very at ease with the plain, white walls and elderly congregation. Upon coming to Carlisle I knew I would need to find a church and found one of the same denomination as my own. With this project though I set out to find a Christian church very unlike my own. This led me to the Carlisle Alliance Church, a non-denominational Christian Church that seemed very progressive. The sermon was definitely geared to a younger audience which was appropriate because of the large number of college students and young children. I am also used to the minister standing in a pulpit above the congregation and administering the sermon while standing there and only there. Although my minister at home would make some jokes (mostly about the Red Sox and his dog Chesterfield) the sermon was usually kept very serious and quite long. At this church though the minister was constantly moving around and addressing the congregation personally. Another dramatic difference was in the songs that we sang. I am used to hymns written several hundred years ago based almost directly off of passages from the bible, but at Alliance what we sang seemed more like it could be on the radio than in a hymnal. I really enjoyed the service because it was a nice break from what I am used to.
At the end of the service I was greeted warmly by the members of the congregation and even was given a few papers providing me with lots of information about the church and the different projects they were working on. Many times when I visit other churches I feel extremely uncomfortable because everyone else seems to know what they’re doing and I feel left out. At Alliance though I felt as though everyone wanted me to join in with them and enjoy the hour of worship. I would actually even consider returning to the church again because I met so many friendly people but still felt as though I’d had an edifying experience.