What a huge difference this year.

by quellycatface 13 Replies latest jw friends

  • quellycatface

    As a few of you know, I DA'd last December. I've had a good year so far.

    Last summer was pretty crap for me. Lots of "social" things going on in the congregation but I wasn't invited. You know what I mean, hey??

    One particular incident stood out. I was talking to a sister, sitting down after the meeting. This little madam, who had recently got married over in Ireland, butted right in to our conversation and BLATANTLY handed this sister I was talking to, a wedding reception invite. I was firstly, shocked by her rudeness and then, quite hurt that she had deliberately excluded me. I was gobsmacked.

    Anyway, this year is SO different for me. I'm a member of my local parish church and am socially, quite active. Their is a lady in church who is getting married in 2 weeks. Their is a reception at our local football club. The invitation has been published in the church weekly newsletter.

    I bumped into her this morning and she gave me a hug and we exchanged pleasantries etc.... She then asked if I was coming to her wedding and the "do" after, I asked "is that okay?" "Of course" she said, "everyone is invited. That's why it was in the newsletter, I want all my friends to come."

    The contrast is quite incredible. I love it. It has renewed my faith in the goodness and hospitality of people.

    Thanks for reading. X

  • John_Mann

    Shunning is in[h]erent in the JW world.

    It's not just towards x-members but is extended to everyone.

    They need to shun to feel superior.

    [Sorry, John. Couldn't help myself - jgnat]

  • The Searcher
    The Searcher

    There are cliques in every congregation I've attended, with virtually no socialising events ever being organized for the congregation as a whole.

    Witnesses generally keep themselves in their own personal social circle and don't "mix" outside of the love-bombing area of the Kingdom Hall.

    Suits me - I avoid pretentious, self-righteous ones who have struggled to reach the top of the Org's pyramid scheme!

  • Phizzy

    I am so pleased for you Quelly, your Church sounds so much like the one we attended a few times after leaving, it is a vibrant happy place, full of kids enjoying the Services and the social activities, there is a really talented band that play Christian Rock, but chief of all it is like a huge welcoming family !

    The contrast with the JW's is stark, and could not be more extreme.

    " You will know my followers by the love they have amongst themselves".

  • quellycatface

    Thanks Phizzy. This weekend, we have a "Pet Service" with a BBQ after. Which is pretty cool, as it's my birthday. I'm actually enjoying being a Christian!!

  • TableForOne

    Wow, Quelly.

    What a contrast between true Christianity and satan's Christendom.

  • happy@last
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    Great progress, what a difference between conditional friendship and unconditional.

  • Billy the Ex-Bethelite
    Billy the Ex-Bethelite

    Actually, JWs aren't supposed to be handing out invitations and thank you cards at the KH for this very reason. Similarly, no business or exchanging of money.

  • Divergent

    Billy, don't think invitations & thank you cards are a problem, if the handing out is done discreetly. On the other hand, business & money matters even if conducted discreetly are discouraged, in line with John 2: 16

  • Xanthippe

    Happy Birthday QC for this weekend

    Enyoy the wedding too

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