THIS SUNDAY is Palm Sunday!
Due to our new parking lot and our new carpet in the sanctuary, we ask that you please remove your shoes before entering the sanctuary for worship. Not only will this help to not track in black asphalt, but it will remind us that we are in a sacred space as we worship together and hopefully encounter God in new and meaningful ways.
Have no worries if you are unable to remove your shoes. We ask that those who are able, help us out with this request. Thank you for your cooperation. Please do not let this keep you from worshiping with us. We hope to see you there.
I am impressed that the elders of this church had the confidence to ask for this. Wanting to keep the carpets clean is a legitimate concern. So many churches have worn out and filthy carpets. A preacher I knew once suggested that all churches should have wood floors, but he was clearly unaware of how much noise would be generated by scraping and traffic on a hard floor.
Notice that the church says this is not mandatory. They are not going to expect elderly or disabled people to remove their shoes. A church can do this without penalizing people who are unable to comply.
I also find this interesting that this request was made by a church in the American South where there is no tradition of shoe removal.