For more than a year, while the new facilities are being built, all those attending St Silas' morning services have met together for the whole service. It's been an interesting time: the kids have had to put up with us adults ruining their time together, and we've had the thrill of their contributions to our worship times, scripted and unscripted.
With the delay in completing the building work (and I fear there might be news of another little one on the way), we've again rethought how we do morning services, and I must say, I'm really enjoying the new pattern.
We've split the church in three, with the left and right side aisles screened off from the centre. The service begins with the kids in their learning activities on the left hand side and the adults on the right hand side. It's a bit of a squeeze with the numbers we currently have but it seems to be working. I love the fact that this learning time is up close and personal (I can much more readily look into the eyes of the listeners!), and there is a real sense of being together. We also start on time, so late-comers, don't get a choice of seat. Added to that we all know that this time is at most thirty minutes long!
After this we all gather in the middle section to hear more about what we have each been learning, songs, sharing, a little liturgy and sometimes communion. In recent weeks, there has been a lot of joy and enthusiasm evident.
I'm looking forward to next Sunday when we think about Christian Commitment: Church.