Our children are not only the church of the future – they are also part of the church of today. How can we truly be a church family?
Churches often find it difficult to get a right balance in meeting the needs of all their members: young and old, conservative and modern, and from a variety of different church traditions.
Young people are sometimes sent out to their own classes, and never experience what goes on in church. At other times they are forced to stay through a long service, which they don’t understand and does not meet their spiritual needs. On other occasions they just play outside during a service and probably distract their parents in so doing.
We have been considering these issues and the right way forward for St George's. So we are going to try a new system. 1st and 4th Sundays of each month will be much as before: younger members staying in church for the beginning and then going to their classes. Once a month (usually the 2nd Sunday) there will be an all-age service. On the other Sunday, children will be invited to stay in for a full service of either Holy Communion or a Service of the Word.
A good all-age service which provides for all members of the church family is a challenge. So we will be relying on those with experience in this ministry to guide us.
May you know God’s richest blessing as we learn to worship Him together.