As a theologian, I am fascinated with how different Christian groups lead their lives. The Amish are among the Christian groups that I love learning about. Moreso, their belief about Sunday. I first interacted with this religious group when I was working in Canada. I had one-on-one interactions with this community and learned about their rules and beliefs. I was blown away by how they live, which led me to open a forum to discuss and enlighten people about their misconceptions about the Amish and other Christian sects. One of the questions that popped up on the forum is if the Amish consider Sundays their rest day. Some forum members thought that the Amish were part of the Seventh Day Adventists, and they worshipped on Saturdays. With my research about the Amish and my interactions with them, I was able to enlighten the forum members that the Amish consider Sunday as their Sabbath. I also broadly covered what the Amish do on this day. So, do Amish work on Sunday?
The Amish do not work on Sunday. They believe Sundays are for worshipping God and resting, as indicated in Genesis 2:1-3. They do not engage in heavy work-related activities, but you would find them spending quality time with families, visiting the old, and engaging in light daily chores after church services.
Join me as I open your understanding of the Amish beliefs about Sundays. I will extensively talk about the kind of work the Amish do on Sundays and whether they open their businesses on Sundays. Intrigued to find answers to these questions and more? Keep reading.
Is Sunday a day of rest for the Amish?
Yes, The Amish rest on Sundays. As stated earlier, the Amish community lives according to the scriptures . Based on Genesis 2:3, after God finished the creation, he rested on the seventh day. The Amish treat Sundays as the seventh day; therefore, they set Sunday aside as a day of rest to them. Furthermore, it helps them have time to reflect and recharge for the coming week. They refrain from engaging in activities that involve heavy work.
What do the Amish do on Sundays?
Sunday is the Sabbath day in the Amish community, and they observe the biblical instructions of what Christians should do on Sundays. They engage in activities that align with the teachings of the Bible, one of them being attending church services. After the church services, they visit and interact with each other within the community. They also ensure they rest enough and do not engage in strenuous work-related activities.
What kind of work does the Amish do on Sunday?
In as much as the Amish do not believe in working on Sundays, there is some exception that they consider. Amish farmers are supposed to take care of the livestock; these include feeding them, watering, milking them, and ensuring the overall health and safety of the livestock. Furthermore, some light house chores may still need attention, such as cleaning and maintaining the house in order.
Are there any Amish businesses that open on Sunday?
No, there is no business that opens on Sundays in the Amish communities. They consider Sunday as a resting day. You might be curious to know why the Amish don’t open their businesses on Sunday. Well, the Amish are never after profit gain, meaning they don’t focus on wealth generation. Their way of living revolves around living in the simplest way possible. So closing their businesses on Sunday does not count as a loss to them. Instead, they consider it a holy day dedicated to worship and refrain from working.
What do Amish people do on Sunday afternoons after church?
Some practices the Amish community engages in on Sunday afternoons include gathering together as a family. After church services, families frequently gather to enjoy meals and engage themselves in singing hymns.
Visiting the old is also part of what they do after church services. They mostly visit the elderly, among them who cannot attend church service because they believe in community and family ties.
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