Oh yeah - it's a social center more than anything. Gives folks something to do, especially in a small town where entertainment options may be limited. Although my parents aren't especially religious, (ESFJ) mom insisted on sending me to church, VBS and all that when I was growing up. I've talked to my dad about it and he insists she did it mostly to keep from looking like a bad parent. I would chalk it up as a mostly neutral experience - it neither helped nor hurt, but obviously wasn't an activity I felt worth continuing once I got out on my own.And a lot of people attend church on Sundays AND on Wednesday, along with various retreats, services, seminars, etc. When I was in elementary and middle school, I was allowed to sign a release to leave school grounds to study the Bible once a week; and we had a huge church camp in our area where I was a counselor through high school. During summers, I'd attend a few Vacation Bible Schools at churches near my home. Church is a big, serious business around here.
Heh.The "Pennsyltucky" jokes hold strong to any terrain between Philly and Pittsburgh.