Friday, 14 June 2013

Sunday Meetings - a new order for us?

As a leadership team we have decided to trial a different way of ordering our Sunday meetings.

Our traditional approach has been:

10:00am - 10:30am Coffee
10:30am - 11:10am Singing & Worship and Contributions
11:00am - Kids to Classes
11:10am - 11:20am Family News
11:20am - 12:00pm Preaching

Our observations have been:

1) Too much singing and worship without a fresh and compelling reason to sing and worship leaves guests, visitors and those struggling with faith feeling disconnected and not able to participate.

2) After people have heard teaching about Jesus they often want to pray for friends or respond. Our current meeting does not allow for much response particularly for those who have to go to collect children from classes.

3) Our worship has struggled to embrace all the seasons of life. Some of scripture is celebration while other parts are lamentation. Our current order relies on the worship leader and how they are going and philosophy of worship rather than the scriptures. 

4)  We have not created a regular time to enjoy communion which in my opinion is the high point of Christian Worship. 

From July 7th we are going to trial something like:

10:00am - 10:30am Coffee
10:30am - 10:40am Singing
10:40am - 10:50am Family News (This is what is going on in Church)
10:50am - 10:55am Break and kids to classes
10:55am - 11:30am Preaching (This is who Jesus is)
11:30am - 12:00pm Communion, Singing, Prayers and Contributions. (This is how you might respond.) 

We shared this at a recent prayer meeting and people were very positive. We are hoping that it will help more people feel like they can participate in our meetings more of the time. 

We shall see.