Sunday Morning Schedule Changes
Ecclesiastes 3:1 For everything there is
a season, and a time for every matter under heaven...
As we enjoy the last few weeks of summer, don't forget our change in
worship schedule starting this fall. If you recall, we have just spent three
years looking at ways to revitalize our church. One area of needed improvement
is our Christian Education program. Currently our Sunday school program serves
a robust number of children, while our Adult Education classes struggle to
attract new attendees, and we have still have a lapse in a Christian Education
program for youth. How could we provide offerings at a time that is convenient
for a large majority of our congregation and engage children, youth and
Starting on Sunday, September 7, our
time at church will start at 9:30 AM with
separate Christian Education classes for all ages at the same time. These
classes will run until approximately 10:15. The Worship Service will then start at 10:30,
running until approximately 11:30. Nursery will be available during both periods. By
trying these changes, we will accomplish the following:
·Everyone will have the opportunity to attend a Christian
Education class and not miss part of the Worship Service as teachers do
currently. Choir members will now be able to help teach a class for children or
youth or help in the nursery.
·Children above nursery age will be able to experience the whole
worship service experience and hopefully learn better what it means to partake
in the worship experience. If parents choose, kids up to age four can stay in
the nursery during the service, rather than up to age three, as they currently
book is called Making a Home for Faith by
Elizabeth Caldwell. The youth book is God’s
Call. It’s a series of Old Testament stories. The adults will be studying the book of Acts.
·Families who are visiting our church will feel more comfortable
as they will be personally dropping their children in the classroom and can
meet the teachers, rather than their children suddenly leaving the sanctuary after
the children's sermon as happens currently.
While change can be difficult, this is
an exciting opportunity for all to learn together and build an even stronger
Christian bond together. We look forward to implementing these changes and seeing
the benefits of the life and continued growth of our church.