is an important activity for us as a
family and it is important to us that
our children enjoy church and are fed
spiritually each week.
The church we attend had a lot of
good things going for it when we
arrived but since the creation of a
Worship Committee, the church has come
a long way in ensuring that it
provides an interesting a meaningful
worship service for all members each
week. While the things we are
doing are not radical, they aim to
ensure that everyone, right from our
children to our older members can gain
a blessing. Here are some of the
things we are doing in our church to
reach as many people as we can.
Have a mission statement for your
Make sure your committee knows exactly
what you are trying to aim for and
what you are trying to achieve for
your congregation's worship
Plan your program around the
Ultimately, we are in church to be fed
God's Word. It is important that
the whole worship experience prepares
people's hearts to listen to this.
To do this, choose songs, scripture
readings, children's stories and other
elements of worship which relate to
the speaker's chosen theme.
Make the most of PowerPoint
The reality is that we learn and
appreciate more when a number of our
senses are used. PowerPoint can
add a lot to the presentation of
worship. Using pictures and
graphics, phrases and summary points
that reinforce the message of the
sermon, Bible texts (so everyone is
reading from the same version - not to
avoid bringing your Bible to church!)
can all add to the worship service.
My girls, being beginner readers,
enjoy being able to read from the
screen. This gives them an
opportunity to pick up on the things
that they did not hear from the
speaker but also gives us the chance
to interact with them and discuss the
speaker's message with them. I'm
sure these advantages of a visual
presentation also apply to our older
members too! I cannot over
emphasise the importance of making the
most out of PowerPoint.
Include elements specifically for
While we want children to listen and
consider all parts of the service as
important for themselves, it is
important that they feel that they are
especially included in the service.
In our church we try to have action
songs at the beginning of the praise
time which we ask our children to come
up the front and join in (fortunately
we have a small church and this makes
this easier!). Most often the
children's story ties in with the
speaker's topic to prepare them for
the message of the day.
Involve people of all ages in the
different elements of the worship
Ask different people (no matter how
young or old!) to welcome, pray, lead
out in song service, take the
scripture reading - worship should be
an interactive experience.
While singing slow, old hymns every
week can be tedious for our young
people, fast and furious new songs
will not appeal to our older members.
Providing a variety of styles and
songs is important if we want our
church to cater for all ages. I
have found though that if our older
members know that the 'new' song they
are singing is related to the
speaker's topic they are quite happy
to sing them.
The concept of variety also applies to
the structure of our service - don't
be afraid to try new ways of
presenting the service, nor to rely on
the old either!
Provide facilities for babies and
Make sure there is a parents' room
with a speaker so that parents can
still hear the service even when
attending to the needs of their
children. We also have a small
activity table in the back corner of
the church to encourage parents who
are concerned about their lively
children to still attend.
Provide pew packs, colouring pages,
whatever it takes to make sure parents
and their young children are
comfortable in coming to church.
There will always be those in the
congregation that will oppose things
that are new and would prefer that
church continue to follow the
traditional structure it has had for
years. Remember though that the
positive voices will generally
outnumber the negative. Pray,
focus on God and spreading His word,
and if you proceed in a loving manner
you will gain support.
The reality is without families in our
church, our churches will have no
future. If we want families to
attend, we must provide a meaningful
worship experience for every member,
young or old.