Does making the requirement less encourage more people to come? Is the feeling at non-Denominational churches of “come as you are” more welcoming? Something that should be embraced?[No tags for this post.]
In a Catholic church, normally the buildings are a lot nicer and as humans, we want to feel appropriate to the setting. (Well, most of us). If we were invited to a wedding, the men would dress up in suits or a polo shirt and some nice slacks. The women would pick a dress or a nice blouse with some nice pants. Something formal for the occasion, normally. But if you were invited to let’s say a bar or a pub, you might dress more casual than formal because it fits the setting better. I’ve seen my share of Catholic and non-Catholic churches. More of the non-Catholic churches are normally just buildings for their places of worship and there’s no stained glass windows or an altar or anything that a Catholic church would normally have. (Not saying that’s bad). Sometimes people dress to fit the setting. But I sometimes see short shorts in Mass and I feel like that’s inappropriate. But that could be the only thing that they own, so I can’t say much. Also, during the summer people dress down because of the heat so they want to feel more comfortable when they come to Mass, so the temperature has an effect on the clothing as well.
I’ve been told just to dress the best that you can.