This is our family worship time. It is quite common to have three generations worshiping together. Others come by themselves and are made to feel part of the family. Children can use the area at the back of the church to move around and do activities during worship. They can easily then join the other children both for the Children’s talk and to play instruments during the final song. After the Children’s talk, they either head over to the Hall for Children’s Church or, if they are younger, go up to the loft for Godly Play – Godly Play is a Montessori method of telling Bible stories, using parables, sacred stories and liturgical lessons about religious traditions using simple materials.
In the School holidays the children stay in Church and we stretch the boundaries of our worship style to include the children even more than usual. This includes things like families and small groups preparing prayers and lighting a candle as they share the prayer with the congregation. Or it may be that the children gather around the Altar for the Eucharistic prayer.
Music is led by various small bands. The tempo is faster than the earlier worship and with many modern songs but we still enjoy some of the old golden hymns. It is amazing the difference a drum kit can bring to a beautiful old hymn.
Our family worship endeavours to bring together the rich tradition of Anglican worship with contemporary worship. We want to communicate to children. Young people and adults that it is possible to believe in God and be a part of a lively joyful Christian Community.
There is always an abundant Morning Tea following our worship. This is held on the Terrace beside the Church. It is a great time to get to know other members of the congregation and to catch up with friends.