Drinking coffee inside the chuch while listening to the mass??

@cyclopz (199)
Philippines
February 18, 2012 7:22am CST
I have observed this last time while i was attending the mass and I saw a woman who came in late while the mass was still going. She came in with a her Starbucks coffe and just stood there because the seat were already full. I'm not quite sure if it was really her intention to bring that coffee with her in the church but she was taking a sip while listening to the mass. I think what she did was appropriate because i have not even seen anyone before eating inside the church especially when the mas was still going. Although I know there are no specific rules being posted outside the church on what is appropriate or not but i think it should be common understanding on what should be appropriate. Do you think what she did was appropriate? What could you say about this?
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23 responses
• Marikina, Philippines
22 Feb 12
Oh. It is okay if she did that. For me there is nothing wrong as long as she listens to the word of God. God looks in the heart not of what she is doing with the coffee.
@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
22 Feb 12
@_sketch_ (5709)
• United States
18 Feb 12
Ope She's going to hell for sure now. How dare she drink coffee? Who cares if she's drinking coffee? Did it hurt you or anyone else? I doubt it. It sounds like knit-picking to me. What's more offensive is the fact that churches ask for so much money and spend it on materialistic things when the Bible says to take all your money and give it to the poor, all the while, not allowing some people to come in or criticizing them for how they dress, even when they just simply may not have the money for nice clothing. I think that people worry far too much about the wrong things and far too little about things that actually make a difference. And that's what I say about that.
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
19 Feb 12
I absolutely agree with you. The focus people have is on the WRONG THINGS entirely. People prove over and over how shallow they truly are.
• Lenox, Georgia
19 Feb 12
I have never heard of a rule with this but I think in most churches is probably not the best idea. My church though has a cafe in it where we can all get food and drinks. So a lot of people bring things in church and its pretty normal for us to see. Its not such a big deal there but in some more strict churches it probably is different to see that.
• United States
19 Feb 12
Our church has a cafe, too, but no one is rude enough to bring it into the church. We have a thirty minute get together between Sunday School and church services. Anything not finished, goes in the trash. It seems different churches allow different things; I just believe God's house shouldn't be turned into nothing but a coffee shop.
• Philippines
19 Feb 12
It is inappropriate because the mass is holy. Maybe the woman was in a hurry to attend the mass that's why she brought her coffee to the church. I can't imagine if how others felt seeing this woman sipping her coffee while listening to the sermon. There is at least a rule that one should be decent enough when attending a mass. Someone needs to tell this woman that what she did was wrong.
• United States
23 Feb 12
If a person is in a hurry, they forget to bring their coffee into church; hers was a deliberate action that showed little respect for her church, the people, and especially, for God. I hope one day the pendulum of bad manners will swing back to good ones. It would be a breath of fresh air.
@airasheila (5458)
• Philippines
18 Feb 12
good day cyclopz, with reference to your main topic, i am not also favorable to those people who bring food and drinks inside the church. generally, it is not appropriate to eat and drink inside the church since this is not a restaurant or a cafeteria. aside from that, this is only a one hour ceremony wherein we must pay attention to the officiating priest. in addition, we also need to give respect to the people who are attending and listening to the mass. therefore, we should not eat and drink inside this place so as not to disturb other people who are earnestly praying.
@_sketch_ (5709)
• United States
19 Feb 12
Yeah I bet that coffee drinking made quite a racket.
@preethaanju (3000)
• India
18 Feb 12
ITS WRONG TO INDULGE IN SUCH ACTS IN A RELIGIOUS PLACE. at Least PEOPLE MUST LEARN TO RESPECT PLACES WHERE PEOPLE GO TO SOME SOLACE. ITS AN INSULT TO EAT AND DRINK IN A PLACE WHICH OTHERS HOLD IN REVERANCE
@whatrow (793)
• United States
18 Feb 12
I agree with you. But why, exactly, is eating or drinking during a religious service disrespectful? It has nothing to do with religious beliefs.
@kiiw013 (102)
• Slovenia
28 Oct 12
Church Law and regulations forbids people from eating or drinking ONE hour before partaking in communion. As long as she did not go for communion it was fine, otherwise if she did drink that and go for communion, that would be a sin. Nothing EXTREMELY wrong if she sipped coffee without going for communion, but it is still unfair to other people in church who actually did their 1 hour Eucharistic fast. Imagine fasting for one hour and not being allowed to eat, while someone simply stands next to you with a cup of coffee!
@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
22 Feb 12
Who knows what the circumstances are? There could be any reason for her popping in to Mass while having a coffee...it may have been a last minute decision. It would have been wasteful to throw the coffee away. What gets me is that attending mass was a waste of time for the discussion starter because she certainly wasn't paying attention to the priest and what was going on at the altar.
@salonga (27956)
• Philippines
20 Feb 12
Church - Worshiping together
There are churches who post rules and the members are of course obliged to follow lest they get apprehended or if they can't follow they'd rather just leave the church. Now whether or not there is a rule, I believe it is not right to eat while worshiping. You should go to the church filled and prepared with all all your heart and and mind ready to worship the Lord. So in order for you not to be disturbed by your stomach,you should eat and drink before yo go to the church so you neither your hunger or thirst would bother you in fulfilling your duty to God.
@zip12ph (179)
• Philippines
20 Feb 12
Drinking coffee..wow..really? imagining this situation seems so hilarious at the same time inappropriate, well we are not really sure if this person is use to it but being a sane individual, even illiterate one knows what is wrong and right..maybe this person needs to go back to the basic that the church is a place of worship and not just a common place to have Starbucks,,whew..
• United States
19 Feb 12
Yes, what the woman did was totally inappropriate. So are having cell phones on and texting, but these days it seems good manners have been ditched for being as ill mannered as possible. No one respects their eating partner and other diners, churches, others in a theater, or any other place. Texting, receiving telephone calls, and playing games on the cell phone have brought out the worst in us and, evidently, many are willing to embrace being rude. My brother-in-law brought a cell phone to the table at a meal where we were paying the tab. He was instructed to move the phone back to his car. He refused; we left the restaurant because I happen to like talking directly to eating partners, not listening to overly loud phone calls. He was incensed that we left. Frankly, at that point, I did not care.
@ladym33 (11007)
• United States
19 Feb 12
I think that is kind of strange. She was probably late for church because she stopped to get that coffee. I have never seen anybody drinking coffee in church before either. I would never do that. I guess she really needed her caffeine to get going and couldn't wait till after church to drink some coffee. Kind of strange for sure.
@GardenGerty (105496)
• United States
19 Feb 12
I am not really comfortable with this but I have seen it in my church as well. In the informal Sunday School part of our day many rooms have coffee, but inside the sanctuary it still bothers me. It is as if the worship service is actually entertainment and we must have our refreshment while the service goes on.
• Philippines
19 Feb 12
I don't think it is appropriate and I would never drink inside the church but sometime ago my great aunt asked me to buy pandesal and I said yes and then she's inside the church when she eat pandesal. I even brought home the bread I bought but she asked me to buy for her and who am I to disobey an elder? But then, she ate inside the church although the door had just opened and the mass has not even began. It is offending but some people just see their needs only and forget the considerations.
@deodavid (4150)
• Philippines
19 Feb 12
I think that there are no laws against this kind of manner inside the church and for someone that is very concerned about the matter why didn't you asked her about it anyway for me she shouldn't have done it it is not normal to eat or drink in the church a candy or gum but nothing like coffee or a sandwich in my case if i see one like that i'll try to seek there attention not confrontational just a sort of reminder where they are. cheers!
@Dominique25 (9475)
• United States
18 Feb 12
I think what she did was appropriate. After all she didn't have to go or show up because she was late.But she obviously wanted to be there because it's part of her relationship. Just because she has a cup of coffee doesn't mean she's not paying attention or that she's being disrespectful. And as long as she's not smacking her lips and disturbing others there's nothing wrong with sipping a coffee.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
18 Feb 12
I only remember people having coffee AFTER the service but really, who knows now? I guess it depends where/what type. I probably would not bring anything with me into any sort of church service but I also don't think I'd judge someone else who did. After all, isn't it better that someone just GOES if they are so inclined? None of us knows anybody else's reasons for being there. Now if there is a sign that states 'no food or drink inside', then perhaps she didn't see the sign, couldn't read it, or didn't speak the language lol.
@jaiho2009 (39001)
• Philippines
18 Feb 12
Whether there is rules or not, I don't feel it is appropriate. We go and attend church activities to worship and not to drink or eat. There is always a proper place for everything and churches are for worshiping purposes and not a cafeteria or park. Why can't she finished off her drinks before entering the premises, she's already late anyway- so she doesn't need to rush in.
@enelym001 (8333)
• Philippines
18 Feb 12
I have not heard of such rule but since I was a child, my oldies told me it is inappropriate to eat or drink inside the Church. We can go out, eat or drink something but inside the Church it would be different. We are inside the Church to hear the mass and some people even says it is better to fast at least an hour before going to Church.
@shaieen (258)
• Philippines
18 Feb 12
I don't think it was inappropriate. I don't know. Maybe she was sipping her coffee to keep her awake throughout the mass. What's inappropriate is sleeping while the pastor/priest is preaching. Hehe :-) Just an opinion.