Last Sunday I went with my friend to her church in the morning. I do not desire to be a Protestant Christian; I was just going because my friend and I had spent the night at her house and it was convenient for me to just go with her to church. Though my friend still believes that I wish to be Protestant.
Her church is a standard, young and hip kind of place. Most of the people there, including me and my friend, were teenagers and young adults. Before the service we sang four or five Christian rock songs, with jumping up and down, and hand raising.
At the end of the service, the pastor put some chairs at the front of the room and invited anyone up to sit in them. Immediately, a girl of about seventeen went to the front of the room, sat in one of the chairs, and began to sob loudly. I watched, a bit stunned, as all the teenagers, including my friend, rose from their chairs and walked over to the sobbing girl. In the background, another Christian rock song was playing. All of the people at the front of the room put their hands on the sobbing girl’s hands, shoulders, head, etc. and began to pray. I sat in my seat, uncomfortably watching this scene and unsure of what I should do. I decided not to go up, despite all my friends being up there now. I just found it to be… Hm, too intimate? A bit gross? My reaction is probably over-the-top, but I am not used to seeing such things.
People were up there for at least thirty minutes as the same song looped over and over.
Everyone came back to their chairs, but then the pastor once again asked for anyone in need of prayers would like to come up. A couple more people went up and sat down in the chairs and started crying. Once again, every young person got up and did the hands on praying thing. I sighed in exhaustion and once again watched this for another thirty minutes. Then it was over, and eventually, everyone got up and went over to the food table for lunch. My friend told me that they did that praying at the front thing every Sunday (She seemed to enjoy it). I knew then that I didn’t want to come back to her church on a Sunday, for fear of having to sit through that again.
Please tell me if I am overreacting. Has anyone else ever witnessed such a thing happen at their church? Does this happen at a Catholic Mass? I was just so stunned and slightly horrified, I am now worried that I am an 80 year old prude in a fourteen year old girl’s body.