Amish dating beliefs
Members help each other out in various ways, whether giving a gift of bread, sending an adolescent daughter to help a mother who has just given birth to a child, or mowing the lawn of an elderly church member.
Thus, whereas modern Christian emphasizes a personal religion, the Anabaptist religion emphasizes the necessity of the group in Christianity.
You are a visitor and not a church member, and are therefore not expected to dress like them.
Formal wear is appreciated, but once again, there is no requirement.
One of these is the emphasis on the community of believers.
Thus, many beliefs have a community emphasis, such as submission to leaders and church practices, closed communion (available only to members of that congregation), excommunication of deviant/inactive members, congregational singing rather than instrumentalists and soloists, ordination by the call of the church rather than the personal call of the individual, and mutual aid programs instead of private insurance.
However, the following are recommendations for how you may wish to dress to be respectful to the Beachy beliefs of modesty. A head covering, though adhered to as a Biblical command by the Beachy Amish-Mennonites, is not required for visitors, and you would not need to wear one unless you already regularly wear some sort of covering.
may want to wear a skirt or dress that reaches to the knees or below with socks or hose covering any exposed areas. The blouse (with the skirt) should not be too tight or see-through and should have sleeves of some length. While most Beachy Amish-Mennonite churches have separate seating, a few smaller churches allow couples to sit together, though singles remain on their sides.
However, because there are not as many in-and-out visitors in Beachy Amish-Mennonite churches, you may wish to contact the bishop, minister, or another church member ahead of time, but this is neither necessary nor even expected of visitors. While there may not be non-Beachy/non-Mennonite visitors most Sundays, many churches are accustomed to having them as visitors.
Another major difference is the Beachy Amish-Mennonites, like other plain Anabaptists, believe that the perfection of Christ is best achieved through the church, and that while God has instituted the state as a governing organization, it is ultimately imperfect as a site of carnal methods, such as legal and militant force.
Thus, Beachy Amish-Mennonites believe the church should be separate from the state, for the purity of the church.
However, the church community is close enough that they do know when there are visitors, even in larger churches.
(Please forgive any looks or people taking special notice; its not polite, but it happens.
They are more integrated into society, and therefore use things like the Internet more readily to provide information for their church group.