Wednesday nights have fallen out of style recently in Churches of Christ…often for good reason. Many churches make Wednesday nights an "essential" time of dutiful church attendance rather than church family time for fellowship and spiritual growth that can't be missed.
Many of my colleagues in ministry lament Wednesday nights as something that takes quite a bit of extra work to put together–but yields little fruit. This is in fact often the case. However, it doesn't have to be. I too am down on bad Wednesday nights. But, good ones (i.e., those in which God is praised in the way he deserves, fellowship is rich, Scripture is studied, and the spiritual rubber meets the road) are worthwhile. As long as the mentality remains, "Wednesday nights were made for man, not man for Wednesday nights," mid-week services can be a great blessing to any church.
We don't do everything well, but Wednesday nights at NCCC are really great. At North County, Wednesday nights are like a really long family meal. It's where we touch base with one another…where we see one another in our even scrubbier clothes and catch up on how God is moving in one another's lives. We go from 7-8:15. At 7, we sing five songs or so, have announcements, prayer and break out into classes. After that, people hang out until about 9.
From about 8:15-9… a neighborhood friend pulls her SUV up (pictured above). Inside, are all sorts of Mexican food wonders–among them are Tamales…and the amazing spicy Corn-on-the-Cob. For a dollar, you can get some of the biggest and best corn you will ever eat in your life. People eat, fellowship, and talk about life. Kids eat corn, play on the playgrounds, giggle and burp. The picture above is cell-phone pic of a Wednesday night corn session at NCCC. It's a beautiful thing 🙂
It keeps us out way too late. It's hard on little kids because they're up late, but they absolutely love it. It's good for us adults too. A midweek spiritual and relational booster shot does us some good as well.
My general sense is that it's good for churches to have some Wednesday night corn. Or, don't…if you cannot do it purposefully and abundantly. Wednesday night doesn't have to be a black-hole of time and energy consumption. It must, however, be meaningful and not a rerun of what happens on Sundays. Midweek gatherings can add breadth to people's spiritual diet, and greatly enrich Christian community.