I must admit this troubled me a bit too. I think it would be a better testimony to respectfully observe the service-after all these people are Christians too. I'm not sure reading in the lobby is going to create a good impression of Orthodox Christianity on your friends-if anything it'll only put up barriers. I would feel hurt if my non-orthodox friends would stand out in the narthex, or out on the steps reading a book while service is going on. "Do unto others..."Crucifer said:i think it's disrespectful to attend someone's church service and sit there reading. why did you bother to go then?