A swivel eyed nightmare or a great example?
Some people love it, others seek out prescription drugs at the very thought. On the one hand “it’s a great experience and such a good example”. On the other hand “it’s a swivel-eyed nightmare”. We speak of all-age worship of course. We have been thinking for some time that the experience of worship for our children at weekly worship has not been as good as it could be or as it has been. Our current venue does create certain impediments but that should not stop us from trying to make an improvement. The aim is for the children to be able to participate in worship, for the children to learn from adults at worship and for adults to learn from children at worship.
So from this Sunday we are making a small change in the way we run the service. We will celebrate communion with everyone together (as usual on a 4th
Sunday) but the children will stay with us for a little longer as we worship all together.
It’s not a big change and I would ask you to do your best to embrace it and support it by: turning up in time to share communion at 10.30am; by setting your mind to worship and by planning with your family (if appropriate) as to how to make it work well for you. Maybe a discussion with the children to get them used to the idea and to explain what they should (and shouldn’t) do?
Last Sunday we came to the end of our week of prayer and fasting. We would be encouraged to hear from you as to how you felt God spoke to you during that time. Please email me with your thoughts, or post them on the website. I was interested in how I reacted to the prayer breakfast – even though that early (for me) hour played havoc with my system – I’m still in recovery - I was really glad to get up and out and meet with others to pray each morning. Each morning God opened up a new insight into Isaiah 61as we prayed together.
Last Sunday I preached about Acts 2: the significance of Pentecost and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit into our lives; that tsunami of the love of God which changes and empowers us. You can see summary notes from my talk here
Several of you are off to Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland for the Encounter More
Conference next week – have fun! If you are into theology you might like to go to the Theology Symposium on 7 & 8 June