Monday, August 25, 2008

My ideal family or all age service

60 minutes or less in length, coherent around one message/theme

Any 'talk' or 'sermon' makes one point with a double audience in mind (children-and-adults) ... so all of congregation is engaged

Children who participate through reading, prayers etc previously rehearse their roles

Songs as a total mix offer participation to whole congregation in worship of God

Save for a moment or two, the congregation never become spectators - always remain participants in the act of worship

One outcome is a congregation looking forward to the next family or all age service

(My strong personal preference is for such services to be Communion services, not least because the act of receiving communion involves significant congregational participation through movement, but there are arguments for/against).

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