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Abby Day

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198739586

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739586.001.0001

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Sacred Sundays

Sacred Sundays

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(p.114) 6 Sacred Sundays
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The Religious Lives of Older Laywomen
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Abby Day

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739586.003.0006

A significant insight gained from the intense fieldwork schedule was the embodied realization that Sunday services were a welcome relief from the week’s labour. The church service also structured the day. For Generation A, Sunday was a special time to dress up, greet friends, make Sunday lunch, and be with family. As they have aged and friends and families have drifted further apart, a Sunday church service structures what might otherwise be a lost and lonely day. Generation A is unequivocal about the importance of church attendance. The Church of England hierarchy is reconstructing its idea of belonging to include a wider ‘worshipping community’, but Generation A discuss the matter differently: attending church is, and should be, a non-negotiable aspect of being a Christian. It is, they explain, what Christ commanded. It is also a means of marking and protecting the regulars who count as members of the ‘church family’.

Keywords:   Sunday services, labour, community, church attendance, ‘church family’

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