This term, we're going to have an "Explore Together" service once a month. It's not like all-age services in the past; nor is it like Superstars ... so what will it be like and why are we doing it?
Four reasons we're doing Explore Together
What will Explore Together be like?
We want this to feel genuinely different to 'normal' Sunday services. So the layout will be different - we hope families will sit together on the mats or beanbags. There will be some chairs out for those who need them (plus the pews round the edges), but not as many chairs as normal. That will make it easier for us to move around.
Explore Together will start with some worship led by the band, then we'll introduce the Bible passage for the day and some key questions for us all to be asking God as we seek to listen to him.
For the middle section of the service, people can wonder round the different zones, listening to God in a quiet zone, a busy zone, a colour zone, a word zone or a chat zone. You can come and go between the zones as you wish.
We'll then draw back together to share what God has been saying to us, before praying and worshipping God in song some more.
If you're not sure if this is for you, why not give it a go just once? You've got nothing to lose, and you may well find that God surprises you by speaking to you in a different way to normal.
And if you know it's really not for you, then feel free to come to Sunday @3 in the afternoon instead - a more traditional service with hymns and a talk.
Explore Together won't be live-streamed - it would be a safeguarding nightmare with so many children wondering around - and with so much congregation participation it would be difficult to broadcast well. But we will make a video available on Sunday morning for people at home, so they can still engage with the same Bible passage and listen to God and worship him from their own homes.
Let's pray that God uses this service to draw us closer to him and closer to each other!
Very happy to see the church trying new things. But I think you make a fundamental error in saying it's about learning. You then shape the agenda in a context that's about education. I think you're profoundly wrong in your assumptions about what the sermon, or rather preaching, is, and what it aims to do. So after those basic errors, a lot else that follows is wrong too. Still, good to see the children being taken note of. Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings etc. etc. I'll be hoping and praying that the Lord blesses through it in spite of ourselves.
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