One Sunday morning, Calpurnia takes Jem and Scout to the First Purchase African M. E. Church. Scout is surprised that the first thing they encounter is thinly-veiled hostility from a woman named Lula who wants to know why Calpurnia is bringing white children into their church. When Calpurnia answers that the children are her company, the woman taunts her with "Yeah, an' I reckon you's comp'ny at the Finch house durin' the week," firmly reminding Calpurnia of her place as a servant (even though Scout and Jem never think of her that way). The woman continues to insist that the children have no business in that church, and the children feel highly unwanted. They have learned that prejudice and discrimination exist even in unexpected settings, and they feel the sting of it.
Soon, however, another person steps up and welcomes them in, and the service begins. At the time of the collection, Calpurnia gives Jem and Scout each a dime. Jem tries to insist that they have their own money, but Calpurnia wants them to be completely her company. Jem bites his tongue and accepts her generosity. Scout follows. They have learned about hospitality and gratitude.
Scout notices right away that there are no hymn books or church programs or writings of any sort in the church, and she wonders why. Zeebo gets up to lead the hymn, and the congregation sings after him. Scout learns that most people in the church cannot read. For Scout, reading is crucial, so she is amazed that so many people lack the ability. Yet she also learns how they have adapted when education is simply out of their reach.
The collection this week is to go for the support of Tom Robinson's wife, and Scout and Jem are rather shocked when Reverend Sykes insists that they must raise ten dollars before anyone can leave. He actually calls on people directly to contribute more generously and to make a sacrifice for this cause. He is making them "put their money where their mouth is," so to speak—to live out the Christianity they profess by denying themselves to help someone who has a greater need. Everyone in the church learns an important lesson about faith lived in love this Sunday.