It's just the church in my town in which I just don't feel comfortable. I have tried for decades, attending church for long stretches at a time, and I simply have never felt welcome in the Methodist Church here. When my children were small, I felt I needed to take them to church and Sunday School. They never complained, and when she was a teenager, my daughter actually joined and enjoyed the choir. You'd think the other two of us would feel comfortable, but we weren't. My daughter was married in that church.
There was a long time where we attended every Sunday, rain or shine, and one lady came up to me every Sunday, without fail, and asked if I was a visitor. This happened for a couple of months, until I told her, as always that, no, I had been a member since the 1960s. She never even blinked, so finally, the next Sunday I added, "You have asked me that for eight Sundays straight. Please look closely at me and try to find something about me that will trigger a memory, so you won't have to ask me that again. (I had no doubt she would remember me as "that rude woman who visited last week, and here she is again.")
I'm not saying there are no friendly people in the church. Some I have known for years, and they always greet us and chat with us for a moment or two before the service starts. The rest of the members smile and smile and smile - smiles that never reach their eyes.
We tend to have a new minister every two or three years. They never seem to leave of their own accord. The congregation invariably becomes incensed about something he says or does and they start insisting that he be relieved of his post and sent elsewhere. One of our better ministers infused his message with humor. He said he thought he might hold Sunday services in the middle of the lake in summer since that seemed to be where he could find his congregation. (The grumbling started.) Then, on another occasion, also in summer, he said he was going to the lake for a picnic right after church, so he wore his shorts under his robes, and showed them to us, as well as his sandals. (There was an audible gasp.) He was gone within a month, but far from being punished, he was promoted. Our loss.
So, I have come to the conclusion that the Methodist Church itself is not to blame. Our members are, most of them, at least. They are cold and basically unfriendly. And they wonder why their congregation is not growing.
And, I find that rather sad.