More kids programme and more talks for adults
Following a successful trial, the PCC has agreed that we may continue to run our children’s programme on first Sundays through the summer and into the autumn. This means that apart from the special outdoor service which was such a success on 2nd July and the Harvest Service planned for 1st October, all first Sundays in the month will now, like other Sundays, feature a talk for adults, with the children leaving for their programmes, and café church running as usual.
The advantage of this is greater continuity from Sunday to Sunday throughout the year. If someone comes to church on, say, the fourth Sunday of the month, likes it and comes back, they will encounter more or less the same experience the following week.
Additional resourcing needed
To help with the additional demands on our children’s ministry team, we are looking to build up the number of volunteers serving in this area, so please do consider serving in this area, contacting either the involvement team or one of the wardens if you feel you might be able to help on an occasional basis.
A better welcome
We will still continue to use first Sundays to welcome families of children previously baptised and do this in the all-age slot near the start of the service. In addition, our occasional “name-badge” Sundays will also be planned for first Sundays to help newcomers integrate. From January, baptisms will now be moved to 12.30pm on second Sundays.
All these developments are part of our strategic focus for the year “Community – making new disciples” and are designed to help people engage with the gospel and become quickly part of the church family. Let’s look out for and welcome new people, not just on first Sundays, but every Sunday!