Give up your Sunday siesta. Have sex instead. The Church of England says so.
In its ‘Life Balance’ course due to be published next week, the Church tries to re-examine the Bible’s teachings on the Sabbath spread over five sessions. Keeping the Sabbath holy is one of the Ten Commandments, but its place as a day of rest has eroded.
The course refers to the quality family time stressed in Judaism and rabbinic guidelines that “even include the injunction to married people to enjoy good sex on the Sabbath.”
The course by former rector Rev. Robert Warren and children’s author Sue Mayfield, stresses on the importance of meditation on the day of rest. It will also attempt to restore some traditional Sabbath observances to the Christian community that are practised in Judaism.
“Sabbath is more than the cessation of work, it is about restoration, creativity and play — things that busy adults all too easily neglect,” the authors say.