At this church you can experience a "deep and passionate encounter with God" in Tent 2 or, if overwhelming experiences of the numinous aren't your thing, try "country music, boots and buckles" followed by "line dancing for novices" in the Worship Center. There's always the hula dancing in Room 404 if you want something even more relaxing, and that's followed by a potluck on the first of every month. If a potluck sounds unappetizing (you never know where people's hands have been), "grabbing an optional lunch" is on offer at "elevation" -- although it's singles only, I'm afraid.
All told, there are nine different services to choose from at Saddleback Church. And the fact you can bring your coffee into the service is such a bonus, the mere statement deserves an exclamation mark! YES! You can bring your coffee into the service!
God help us. Part of me wants to laugh my ass off reading this guff, and another part of me wants to cry. It's not because I have some evangelical fervour for making worship "holy" or "honouring" to God. It's because the Church exists to overcome divisions through community, and yet the whole ethos behind this consumeristic model of "worship" is anti-community and just reinforces divisions.
At a conference about Anglican ministry a few months ago, some folk suggested the future of parish churches was to have separate congregations for different groups, eg a "youth" church on one side of town and (presumably) some place to shove the oldies on the other side of town. Ugh. This is exactly the kind of ghettoization that I was glad to get away from when I left evangelicalism. Back then the focus was always on how we could best cater to different people, and usually the answer was to split up the church into dozens of compartments. The worst of all was the "youth" because after all, what could young people possibly have in common with anyone over the age of 25? (Very little, as long as you keep them in their own ghetto, I guess.)
Can we not find ways of integrating people into the same community instead of fostering divisions based on taste, of all things? Popular culture does a good enough job of compartmentalizing human beings without the Church following suit. I'd happily give up my right to have a coffee cup in church if it meant we could all strive to be one community.