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To Clap or Not to Clap in Worship

Opinion from the Worship Associates

There have recently been questions about the role of clapping during a church service on Sundays. Does applause break the spiritual tone of the service, or does it serve as a punctuation mark for something that is poignant, exciting, or well done?

We all have different ways of expressing ourselves and different expectations of worship, and there are no rules about clapping during a service. If the congregation wants to show appreciation, agreement, or connection with an element of the worship service but wants to maintain a quiet space, people can choose to rub their hands together, making a soft sound. However, clapping is also acceptable when people feel strongly about something they just saw, heard, or felt. As we live our value of being a welcoming congregation, we welcome different means of expression.