all age services
Some Sundays, we keep all ages together for the whole of our Sunday meeting. This is one way of showing that we’re one big family together. It’s not a children’s service. It’s not an adult service with pictures. We aim to be genuinely interactive, engaging and fun. And in every bit of it, we want the Bible to set the agenda for all that we do.
We believe that the Bible is suitable for all ages, so in these services we don’t just skip to the more child-friendly parts of the Bible. (After all, the bits we tend to think of as the kids stories are often the more grisly ones, like Daniel being thrown to the lions!) We want to model for parents how to engage their kids with Bible, as well as show the children that as adults the Bible is our authority and our delight too.
In a normal sermon you might have an illustration or word picture to help you understand what’s being said. But in an all age service we take the big image from the passage and make it visually memorable. This helps to engage the younger people and often drives the point home even stronger for the adults. You’ll still hear people talking about the time when we tried to bring a ready-to-roast chicken back from the dead to show what a miracle it is when God gives Christians new life (Ephesians 2), or when we drew a giant map of the world on the floor and had all the chairs on the different countries to show Jesus’ call to spread the gospel out to the ends of the earth (Acts 1).
Our aim is that people of all ages will be challenged and encouraged as we look creatively and faithfully at the Bible together in these services.