Traditional Church Now Recommends Members Turn Beepers Off Before Worship Services
If you visit Shady Grove United Methodist Church next weekend, you will be greeted by an usher who will kindly remind you to turn down your pager, or "beeper" as you may call it. Apparently the tech gadgets have been causing a distraction during the preaching recently.
"Brother Hamby got himself a pager about 3 months ago," says Rev. Feller. "He was so pleased with it, that several others in the church got themselves one. Before you know it, we have beepers going off like crazy in the services. We aren't against old technology. But it has to be controlled."
Shady Grove prides itself on not being too modern. They still have the same coffee pot they used 50 years ago. The American flag at the front of the sanctuary only has 48 stars. The hymnals have no Bill Gaither songs. As one member puts it, "If the 1930s ever come back, Shady Grove will be ready."
They may be ready, but if "the 1930s" send them a message that they have arrived, they had better not do it during preaching.