Biblical courtship dating
They believe that any change weakens their church and threatens their eternal souls.
Clinging to Tradition It is interesting to note that the vast majority of Amish society condemns the practice of bed courtship.Assuming that all Amish practice the same dating customs would be like assuming that all “English” love NASCAR, classical music, and aerobic workouts.Acknowledging that there are many variations, let’s take a look at some Amish dating customs The Setup Amish courtship traditionally begins at age 16 for the boys and age 14-15 for the girls.Just as in the outside world, it might take someone several tries to find a lifelong partner.The more conservative couples practice traditional Amish dating customs.Since everyone goes to Church every other week, it is makes sense for the older kids to stay late to mix and match.
So on Sunday evening at the same house where church service was held earlier in the day, after the adults have left, Amish kids meet for Sunday night singing.
This custom is also known as bundling which the dictionary defines as sleeping in the same bed with somebody while both are fully dressed. In the past, the practical reason for bed courting was comfort.
When homes were heated by fireplaces and had hard wooden furniture, the bed was the warmest, most comfortable place to socialize.
Couples from more progressive churches that have drifted more toward the modern world might go into town for the evening.
Maybe they will get a bite to eat or just hang out together and enjoy each others company.
The boys and girls sit at a long table facing each other.