So today I went to a Methodist church because I was accompanying a relatives friend. It was… Different. There was a powerpoint up on a screen, and a person speaking about their experiences and Jesus and all that. Predicator or something like that. People kept yelling out “Amen” whenever the speaker would make a strong statement. I saw no Priest, at least I do not think I did. The speaker used the term “congregation” at times for describing the community /church I assume. The community seems strong in this church at least. These are just a few things I observed.
I spoke to a few people here. A friend that used to go to a Catholic church says she now goes to the Methodist one, and that she began feeling good when she started coming. I did not really want to discuss anything too deep considering I had not seen her in a while, but maybe I can later.
Then I was discussing some of our beliefs with someone else. I talked about Communion and some differences between Catholicism and Protestant churches. The guy began going to weekly Catholic masses recently, so he certainly has the open mind to go where God leads him.
Lastly, another friend that goes to my Catholic school, says her Methodist faith does not conflict with the Catholic teachings there. She says she knows what she believes, and respects the way we respect, as well as likes learning about our beliefs. She also said that we believe in the same God, and when we die God wont critique us on what denomination we were in, but judge us on what we did here.
These are all really nice people, and some are really involved in this church.
Can I get some help on how to ‘handle’ these things? I’ll keep discussing beliefs, but can I get addressed on the observations and discussions I had? What can you tell someone in a Protestant denomination who ‘feels welcomed’ or ‘likes it here’? Should we just discuss beliefs with some people, and let God do the rest? Is there anything we should not say, or at least not in the beginning?
But also, I need some differences between the denominations. I talked about Communion, history, apologists, Canon, Tradition, etc.
Is our Church not as ‘welcoming’ to some people as some other denominations because we follow tradition?
Basically, since I am relatively new to interacting with people in other denominations, I just need advice on how to talk to them, how to discuss beliefs, etc.
Thank you, I appreciate it and God bless!