In To Kill a Mockingbird, with the exception of Lula, how are Jem and Scout treated by the members of First Purchase African M.E.? Why?

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When Jem and Scout attend First Purchase African M.E. they are treated hospitably by the congregation and pastor. As they enter the church, the men take off their hats as a sign of respect and the women politely make way for them. After their short run in with Lula, Zeebo graciously introduces himself and lets Scout and Jem know that everyone is happy to see them at Sunday service. While Reverend Sykes is at the pulpit, he acknowledges Scout and Jem for visiting and says that the church and its members are particularly glad to have them this morning. After the service is over, Calpurnia chats with Zeebo and his family, while Jem and Scout have a conversation with Reverend Sykes. Reverend Sykes says, "We were 'specially glad to have you all here," and mentions that the church has no better friend than Atticus (Lee 163). Scout curiously asks Reverend Sykes questions about why they were taking a collection for Helen Robinson, and Sykes is more than happy to answer Scout. Overall, the congregation welcomed Jem and Scout with open arms and Reverend Sykes particularly treats them hospitably. The black community respects the Finch family because of Atticus' efforts defending Tom Robinson and thanks his children for attending their church.

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