Today I am very, very proud of my church.
Today we started a seven week run of all age services using a 'zones' approach.
We began all together with a hymn and prayer before listening to a retelling of the Bible story for the week.
Next, whilst some music played, everyone was invted to move around, take a look at what was on offer in the zones and then choose where to spend the next twenty minutes...
Creative zone - using carefully chosen craft activities to create an artefact relating to the theme; this week it was 'hope stones'
Quiz zone - using themed word searches and puzzled to prompt futher thought on the topic; there were also copies of the Bible text and starter questions for private reflection and some colouring pages.
Active zone - in an adjacent room, an opportunity to explore through play or simply let off steam!
Contemplative zone - a guided reflection and interactive prayer - today we used candles
After the 'moving music' was played a second time, we all came together again for the offering, a simple communion, a final hymn and a blessing.
The feedback has been positive and encouraging. For sure, I am tired - it was a long morning and I was VERY nervous beforehand. But it is good tired.
Very proud of people who stepped out of the comfort of all that is familiar and tried something new,
Very proud of people who weren't sure it was for them but gave it go anyway.
Very proud to be part of this wonderful, slightly crazy, community of people trying to follow Jesus.