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Church activities should not conflict with a sensible daily schedule that includes adequate time to read the Bible...

By Andrew Mackinnon

Last updated: 6th February, 2021

The times of church activities should not conflict with the following sensible schedule:

> 5:00am
Wake up after eight hoursí sleep, having gone to sleep at 9:00pm the night before.

> 5:00am to 5:15am
Get ready to read the Bible.

> 5:15am to 6:05am
Read the Bible for 50 minutes according to a nourishing Bible reading plan.

> 6:05am to 6:55am
Exercise for 50 minutes, alternating from one morning to the next between muscular exercise and aerobic exercise, six mornings each week from Sunday to Friday.  Saturday is the Sabbath day of rest.

> 6:55am to 7:45am
Get ready for the day over the course of 50 minutes, including showering and eating breakfast.

> 7:45am to 8:30am
Travel to the weekdayís activities, such as work, university, college or school.

> 12:15pm to 12:30pm
Make lunch.

> 12:30pm to 1:00pm
Eat lunch.

> 5:45pm to 6:45pm
Prepare dinner.

> 6:45pm to 7:15pm
Eat dinner.

> 8:45pm to 9:00pm
Get ready to sleep by brushing teeth, flossing teeth et cetera.

> 9:00pm
Go to sleep with the alarm set for 5:00am the next morning, to allow for eight hoursí sleep.

This means that no church activity, such as a mid-week leadersí meeting, should extend beyond 8:30pm, so that church members have time to travel home by 8:45pm and go to sleep at 9:00pm.

Itís obvious that mid-week, evening Bible study groups conflict with this schedule because itís almost impossible for them to be able to conclude by 8:30pm.  Under the format for church services on Sunday proposed on this website, Bible study groups take place on Sunday in the second half of the morning or afternoon church services, instead of mid-week during the evening under severe time pressure.  Since Sunday is the first day of the week, itís highly appropriate that the enlivening and nourishing, multilateral interaction between members of Bible study groups takes place on Sunday in the second half of the morning or afternoon services.

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