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Wednesday night schedules challenging for area church members

Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 7:21 am

For Christians, attending church is one of the most important aspects of their faith.
It gives them the opportunity to fellowship with other believers, serve those in need, and take time to stand still, relax, and reflect on the progress in their relationship with Jesus Christ.
While Saturdays and Sundays are the most commonly chosen days for the Sabbath, many churches through the years have also held mid-week services that are very dear to its members. These services are often ones focused on prayer and ones centered around youth involved activities. Local school districts even recognize the church’s influence on Wednesdays as they schedule very few events during Wednesday evenings throughout the year. Typically, sporting contests are only scheduled during tournaments or after many efforts for make-up games have been thwarted due to bad weather.
While the school districts continue to be conscientious about Wednesday night scheduling, unfortunately, local youth sports leagues have not.
The Pike County Khoury League, for example, has several Wednesday night games scheduled during the season that begins in May and ends in late June and early July. I have three boys playing baseball, with two of them playing four games a piece on Wednesdays.
The thing is Christian families like ours prioritize church first and other activities second.
This is a biblical approach. Hebrews 10:25 says “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
My wife and I also have no choice as I’m a youth leader and she leads a Patch the Pirate Club ministry every Wednesday night.
While this scheduling conflict makes things difficult for Christian families involved in youth sports, I personally am not upset with the local youth leagues. Sure I wish things were scheduled better for our family, but at the end of the day it’s not their fault. Games are being scheduled not only around my family’s schedule. Other kids have involvement in other activities during the other nights of the week that have to be accounted for as well.
So should Christians be upset with youth leagues like the Pike County Khoury league?
I argue the only people Christians should be upset with is themselves.
Of the 35 churches listed on our Church page, just 15 churches have Wednesday night services. Three have services on Thursday nights, one on Tuesday, and two churches have practices for choir groups. Many Christians will also choose to have their families skip church in order to attend the sporting contests instead of going to church. The same thing happens on Sundays when families choose fishing and shopping trips over attending church. If Christians would prioritize church over these activities, I’m sure there would be fewer Wednesday night games scheduled as sports leagues would have no choice due to a lack of players.
I’m only writing this because I know there are other parents like me. They receive the schedule and quickly look at Wednesday nights and see games scheduled to be played. They too are like me knowing they have to decide what direction their family will go on Wednesday night. Just remember, before you get upset, it’s important to be careful with how that frustration is expressed. The volunteers who help out these local youth leagues are doing their very best when it comes to scheduling.
They too have scheduling conflicts and are trying their best to look out for all members of every team.
Some of these coaches are not only coaching one team, but they also have kids playing on other teams that they might try to make their schedule fit alongside those other schedules so they can be supporting their own children. That’s commendable.
It’s a lose, lose situation for them when it comes to scheduling. It’s hard to set the perfect schedule.