Monday, 19 June 2017
Church for beginners?
"I think they ought to do like a church for beginners really, because if you're not used to going, because they always have communion here. [She goes on to explain how she was encouraged to go forward for communion]. It was a really awkward situation, do you know what I mean? And he was giving us the sip of the wine, and the um, and he beckoned us to bring the children up as well, and they give you, whatever it is they give you to eat. Is it rice paper?"
Alison quotes the Church of England's report Mission-Shaped Church:
"The reality is that for most people across England the Church as it is is peripheral, obscure, confusing or irrelevant."
Another respondent Matthew who was also seeking said of people who go to church:
"I think they get a lot out [of it]; this is probably envy in me, but why don't they invent one that I can go to?"
The Word on the Wind page 104-105
Is it time to consider changing our weekly service pattern (again) to one where we either have a 'seeker' service once a month (not communion) or a non-communion service every other week? If the above survey is anything to go by there are people seeking God but are put off by a church that is for the 'found' not the ones who are lost.
The following is a sermon I gave in response to some concerns raised about our application for a Lottery Grant to renovate our church and ch...