What to Wear to Church?

I have a confession to make. I wear jeans to church. For most of you, this may not seem like something I need to confess. Let me give you the background. In my family, we went to church every Sunday during my childhood. Our nicest clothes were our church clothes. I remember new dresses for Easter and shiny church shoes. When I started working in churches, I continued to dress very nicely for Sunday worship. I was leading worship and wanted to look the part. Now, things are different. I must dress nicely Monday-Friday for work. I want to wear something different on the weekends, and so I wear my jeans. As I got dressed for church recently, I said to my husband, “I am wearing jeans today.” He reminded me that I told him that God doesn’t care what we wear to church. I believe that and need to live into the belief for myself. So with apologies to my grandmother who might not like it, I wear jeans to church. And upon further reflection, I don’t think a confession is needed for this wardrobe choice because God does not care what I wear to church. I am working to get on God’s page with this one.

My hope for all of us is that we spend much more time growing our faith on Sunday mornings and much less time worrying what we or anyone else is wearing to worship!



  1. Susan

    I agree that God doesn’t care what I wear to worship but I believe what I wear is a reflection of my heart. Dressing up for church is one way I acknowledge the holiness of God. I want to give God my best-why wouldn’t I want to dress nicer for Him than my co-workers. I always had my boys wear their “church clothes” on Sunday to set apart this day from the rest of their week

  2. Ouida Myers

    My mom started on Monday deciding what to wear to church. Pins, scarf, shoes and all. Each week was like Advent anticipating what she would wear.

  3. SusannahDB

    Thanks, Susan and Ouida for sharing your stories. What we wear to church is an important decision and something many of us have learned from childhood.

  4. M. DeBenedetto

    Dear Susannah,
    True confession time! I also have recently begun wearing jeans to church-but not when I e
    Read during mas.
    Mary D.

  5. SusannahDB

    I love that we have this in common. I guess you won’t be wearing them on Christmas since you are reading.

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