multigenerational worship.

7 Mar

My newsletter column for March was on Multigenerational Worship.

In the vision I shared for Canvass Sunday today, I included a vision of children and adults worshiping together on Sunday morning, sharing a meal together, and then having a religious education hour where small groups would meet and all sorts of adult and children RE programming would occur.

I truly believe that this is the future, but there are many different ways to make it happen.  I also know this can be a scary thing.  Change usually is.  But check out this Interconnections article.  Read it, and then share your comments – is this something we could do at First?  Do we want to take the plunge?

3 Responses to “multigenerational worship.”

  1. Lizard Eater March 7, 2010 at 8:40 pm #

    A year ago, our church went to 100% multigen worship. The things we worried about — bratty loud children, parents tired because they couldn’t control them — never materialized. The children are engaged with the service, respectful of the speaker (though if the speaker asks a non-rhetorical question, they’ll get a response!), and as quiet as the adults. They often sit with adults other than their own parents. They talk about the service afterwards. My own will critique the service on the way home.

    I am converted. And after only a year, I guess my kids are, too. Visiting another UU church, when the children and youth all left the service 10 minutes in, my 13 year old was confused … and then appalled.

    In terms of the future of our religion, how can we be surprised if, after never sitting through worship, they then feel no draw to join a congregation as young adults?

  2. Rev. Dawn March 7, 2010 at 8:46 pm #

    Fabulous! I remember you writing about Workshop Rotation model for RE – do you have an RE hour, and is that your model?

  3. Lizard Eater March 9, 2010 at 12:37 am #

    Yes. Our service is 10-11, RE/Adult RE is at 11:15. We do an inter-age workshop rotation. It’s not fully what I envisioned, due to our lack of size (and when is something your full vision?) but it has worked well. But I hope to see it happen on a larger scale someday, complete with a “movie room,” “music room,” “art room,” etc.

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