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60-75 minutes. Sermons are 15-20 minutes. Usually the longer services are on Communion Sundays (first Sunday of the month) or if someone decides to get baptized/have baby baptized, confirmed or become members. This is an United Methodist Church. Edited to add: Sunday School is separate from the service. It is held in between the two services. It is for all ages, including adults (well infants and toddlers are in the nursery, not in Sunday School).

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Service itself is usually from 9am til about 10:05. Can run later if there's a baptism or commissioning or something. We have Eucharist every Sunday. Sermons usually run 12-15 mins. They are not teaching sermons like, say, Calvary Chapel has (though we do learn something...:D).

 

We have Sunday School for everyone inbetween the services. It lasts about 50-55 minutes. That's where the teaching happens in my church.

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Episcopal, about 1 hr and 15 minutes, sermon is about 15-20 minutes maybe? It is a fraction of the service. Personally I prefer a more tightly written 15 minute service, with an hour long service, but this works.

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3 hours.

 

1:10 in the main meeting, which has communion and talks from members or leadership (we don't really have sermons, but 2-3 talks that vary in time).

 

50 minutes in Sunday School.

 

50 minutes in women's or men's groups.

 

Kids under 12 have a group meeting and classes divided by age in the last 2 hours.

 

We are LDS. :001_smile:

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We homechurch.

The official arrival time is 11am, but I don't think we usually start until 11:15ish.

 

We have our meeting, then lunch, then people stay as long as they want talking, playing volleyball, whatever.

 

So, including the meal, it's anywhere from 3 to 8 hours.

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Episcopal Church

 

8-9am: Rite I service (15 minute sermon)

9:15-10:15am: Sunday school

10:30-11:45am: Rite II service (15 minute sermon)

12ish: "coffee hour"

12:30-?: Spanish service

 

The Eucharist is every Sunday at every service. Rite I vs. Rite II at our church is only different in that at Rite II, we sing (during worship, the Lord's Prayer, and hymns throughout) whereas the Rite I service has no singing. There is a bigger difference between the services at other churches.

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Typically 1hr and 15mins. About 20 mins is worship, 5 mins announcements, the rest sermon and then closing.

 

*Community Church. Non-denominational but with an association with the Church of God.

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Service is about 60 min (not counting announcements at the end, but that's technically after the service, not part of it); sermon is 15-20 min. The service can go a bit longer on communion Sundays (1st and 3rd of the month) or when there is a baptism (or when the pastor gets a bit long winded ;)). Sunday School/Bible class is entirely separate - we have services at 8am and 10.45am, with SS in between, at 9.15am. We're Lutheran, LCMS :).

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We have two morning services, each about an hour and fifteen minutes. Both are strictly Liturgical. The sermon is probably 20-30 minutes, depending on the texts and which pastor preaches. We have communion weekly at alternating services.

 

In between the two services we have fellowship time and then Sunday School and above Study. A few times a month we have a meal after the second service.

 

LCMS Lutheran.

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Services are supposed to be about an hour, but with the current pastor, they tend to run about 15 minutes over because his sermons are rather long. They run even longer when something extra is happening (like communion on 1st Sunday of the month or baptism etc) because he doesn't adjust his sermon length to allow for the extra items. His sermons are around 25-30 minutes.

 

United Methodist here.

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We have Matins first, but most people don't come to that. It goes for about and hour and 15 min. Then Divine Liturgy is approximately 1 1/2 hours. If there is a memorial afterward, add about another 10 minutes. Then we have Sunday School for the kids, which is short, about 10 minutes. We always have coffee hour too for everyone. Usually we're not out of there until about 1 pm. (This is an Orthodox church, BTW). At the Catholic church my dh attends, Mass is an hour more or less, homilies are usually about 15-20 minutes.

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We have Matins first, but most people don't come to that. It goes for about and hour and 15 min. Then Divine Liturgy is approximately 1 1/2 hours.

 

Same, also Eastern Orthodox. Agape meal after so we're there from 8:45am until about 2pm. The homily, during Divine Liturgy, is about 10-15 minutes.

 

An interesting aside -- there can only be one Divine Liturgy a day in an Orthodox church, so no back-to-back services.

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Around here, Roman Catholic masses are pretty tightly timed to be about :55.. Episcopal masses go almost exactly 1:05. Since it's almost the exact same Mass, the difference is the singing goes longer in the Episcopal churches (hey, there's second verses to these hymns!) and the sermons are a couple minutes longer. Pretty even though. When I'm in a hurry, it's always the first mass of the day at an RC church. Gets me in and out in about :35. ;) (no singing, shorter homily at 6:30 a.m.)

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United Methodist here. Service is usually 65 minutes, sometimes 70, with about a 15 minute sermon. We start 5 minutes before the hour for announcements. The service is broadcast on the radio and they try hard to stay on a schedule. On communion Sundays other parts of the service are shortened to make it all fit.

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We're there from 9:15 until about 12:30. We have Sunday school (including classes for adults) from 9:15-10:20ish. Then a break until 11, and then announcements/singing/freewill offering until 11:15. Exhortation (sermon) until 12:15ish, and breaking of bread/wine/hymns until around 12:30, give or take 15 minutes here and there. We are Christadelphian.

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Our services are about an hour and 20 minutes with 50-60 minute sermons. We also have sunday school classes during all the services that are the same length. We usually serve in the nursery or kids wing for first service, go to the middle service and then sunday school during the third service.

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