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Woman's Church Hats

In the Baptist Church Community now, mostly older adults and deaconess wear hats. Do you think it is inappropriate or a little weird if a young girl wears a woman's church hat to church on Sunday Morning?

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 ---LeShaunta on 1/20/07
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There is Baptist and Southern Baptist. I used to be Southern Baptist.

Each Southern Baptist Church is different depending on how a preacher is making self interpretation of Holy Scripture (NOT ALLOWED)but women and girls can wear hats so tell the preacher to get over it or the money stops coming in. Money is what gets things done in Protestant Churches from my experience. The more one donates, the more influence that one has etc. Not very Holy.
---Brenda2 on 7/13/07

Lori and Robyn: also if you were invited to a banquet that required you to wear a certain kind of Garment or to a wedding that required you to wear a certain color. You would heed the request of the Host. So it is with visiting churches that have a dress code. Luckly for me I don't go to a church that has a dress code. But if I visisted one with one I would honor their customs because I am not going to change the way they dress but their hearts.
---Marcia on 7/13/07

Marcia: Yes there are churches and many preachers who are doing a lot of things in the church which are done in the flesh and really are wrong. You(we) have choices. We can continue to follow these these type butchers or we can leave. All churches have problems and we cannot leave for every little infraction but some things are not infractions they are gross errors and outright wrongs against God's people. That I won't and can't tolerate.
---Robyn on 7/13/07

Lori: #1-I did not think I was interfering in anyone's business, here on the blog. That's what a blog is. When someone post a question or comment the bloggers are not considered to be snoops or interfering technically. We are here to share our experiences and hopefully, help someone along the way. Don't throw your accusations around so lightly.
No one here is pretending to be sin free. We all have issues of one kind or another.
---Robyn on 7/13/07

Robyn: I agree with what you are saying however I Know of churches who have a dress code (The same way schools have a dress code)and if I am visiting a church that has a certain dress code I will honor that dress code to keep the unity. Like paul said its not about me its about Christ and to the week I became as week so as to win some.
---Marcia on 7/13/07

Robyn: many people love interfering in the lives of others where they have no business voicing their opinion. it is human nature. if people would concentrate on the mote in their own eyes instead of trying to cast the beam out of ours, they would have nothing to complain about. No one has the right to tell me or my kids what to wear. If Jesus tells me No, then I will change. until then tell people mind their own business and worry more about returning to God themselves, than others getting there.
---Lori on 7/13/07

No pastor has the authority to tell anyone what to wear, including their choice of hats. Why do people insist on making little gods out of preachers? Such a mystery and a shame. This man or woman puts his or her shoes on the same way we do. I respect my pastor but his authority goes just so far.
---Robyn on 7/12/07

When you go to church it is not about what you put on your head it is about what you put in your head and heart. If wearing a hat causes you to lose focus don't wear it- If you want to wear a hat and it doesn't cause you to feel insecure wear it. If your pastor tells you that you can't wear it, then don't wear it.
---Marcia on 7/12/07

Yes. I would find it weird for a young girl to wear a hat designed for a woman. It would be ok for her, if she wore a hat, designed for a young girl. Hats are nice. Young girls wear hats all of time. Including little babies. Hats are a matter of taste. Nothing wrong with wearing them. I don't think.
By the way. Wearing of hats is nothing new. The larger the better down this way(Texas)but I find the huge hats irritating and unnecessary but folks like them,anyway.
---Robyn on 7/12/07

This is not the trend in the Baptist churches where I live.
---Madison1101 on 7/12/07

** "despite the clear precept of 1 Cor."
The clear precept of 1Cor. 11:16-18 is that womens covering and mens long hair are not big enough issues to enforce because they cause contentions and divisions.**

What is contentious and causes divisions is NOT obeying the precept for women to cover their heads.
---Jack on 1/22/07

In the Apostle Paul's teachings, if one is using vs's 16-18 to discount previous verses (why would he have bothered if it wasn't important?), read vs 19 also. Today the churches disregard wearing your "Sunday best" okaying t-shirts and jeans. Playing rock-n-roll is "cool". Using the sanctuary for social affairs. All things for the "today" crowd. Does that make it fitting for the House of God? Is it better to try and make Jesus one of us or for us to be more like Him?
---mikefl on 1/22/07

"despite the clear precept of 1 Cor."
The clear precept of 1Cor. 11:16-18 is that womens covering and mens long hair are not big enough issues to enforce because they cause contentions and divisions.
---john on 1/22/07

Boy, this brings back memeories! When I was a little girl we had this big bag of hats way back in the closet and every Easter my mom would bring it out and me and my sister's got to pick out a hat to wear to church. I always loved wearing my Easter hat when I was little.
---sue on 1/22/07

Women praying is actually a type and shadow of the bride, or church praying while covered by the Spirit of God as it is written that the prayers of the gentiles are acceptable being sanctified by the Holy Ghost. While not mandatory, it is admirable when any girl or woman covers her head in reverence of the Lord. The type of veil is unimportant.
---Frank on 1/22/07

LeShaunta..Some of these people on these blogs have never stepped foot inside a black church. They cannot appreciate the beauty of the women dressed fully for church, including their hats. I think it is precious that a little girl would want to imitate the older women by wearing one of their hats. I haven't seen hats for sale for little girls in years. Do they even make them?
---Susie on 1/22/07

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If I felt it inappropriate for a child to wear a big ole momma's hat in Church on a Sunday Morning, I'd buy her a little ole baby girls hat so she'd be comfortable wearing it both in the morning and the evening. :)
---Carla5754 on 1/22/07

Women's church hats come from some interpretation of 1Cor.11 having to do with headship. vs5 says a woman should pray with her head covered. Many people don't go on to read vs15 which says her hair is given for a covering, which would require women to have long hair. (Note vs 14 says it is a shame for men to have long hair & vs 15 it is a glory to a woman.) The church didn't want to offend women with short hair so comes the church held tradition of "wearing" a covering.
---mikefl on 1/21/07

What difference does it make on what a person wears? the clothes doesn't make the person, the spirit within is what makes a person. If a child wants to play dress-up, then let her, what is the harm?
---Rebecca_D on 1/21/07

**It's when they are enforced in church that I have a problem with it.**

This despite the clear precept of 1 Corinthians, right?
---Jack on 1/21/07

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I didn't know that there was such a thing as a 'woman's church hat'. Surely a hat is just a hat and they come in various shapes, sizes and colours to suit all those who wish (or feel they are obliged) to wear one. Those who follow the teaching that a woman's head should be covered have a huge choice of what to cover their heads with and we should all be happy to leave each individual (young girls included) wear what they feel comfortable with.
---m.p.a. on 1/21/07

There could be many reasons why she's wearing an adult hat. Maybe the parents can't afford to purchase hat's for the young girl. Perhaps the parent allows the child to wear the hat because she likes wearing it. Many children enjoy dressing up in their mothers clothes. Either way I do not find the practice weird.
---lynet on 1/20/07

I think they look cute. There is nothing inappropriate about a hat. It's when they are enforced in church that I have a problem with it.
---john on 1/20/07

My mother who would have been 100 years old last December the 5th love hats. However she never wore a hat inside the church to my knowledge.
---Mima on 1/20/07

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