Additional styles and forms of Church
The Church of England has tended to focus on a style of church and service which has resulted in it being well-liked and attractive but to a relatively small (and if we're honest, decreasing) client group, and predominently older.
But God is for everyone, not just those who like this style of approach.
For this reason the Church of England and Methodist churches are committed to finding new ways of 'doing church' which are more accessible to a wider and more diverse group of people. Various names are given to this: Fresh Expressions, pioneering, or entrepeneurial. Still church...but it just looks different to how we currently know it.
St Patrick's is at the start of this journey but are seriously thinking how we can better provide for people who are exploring Christian faith or who are seeking a more modern worship approach. We will be seeking to do this not by changing what we already have (which is well-liked by those who attend so to change it would be damaging), but by providing new things in addition.
Some recent examples are below, but please let us know if you have any ideas on what we could do!
Family Fun Afternoons
Our ZOOM service provide a sort of 'half-way-house' being liturgical in format and with a mix of hymns and more modern songs, and a talk with images on Powerpoint.
Our next ZOOM service is here.
A quiz is held the previous week for children (last year they had to find various wild animals which had escaped from Noah's ark!), followed by a Sunday afternoon fun and games session in Glenridding Village Hall, with a short time of worship.
The Christingle service perhaps gives another flavour of a style that could become well-liked? Lively worship songs enjoyed by children. Powerpoint images. Videos during the service, and loads of fun! Followed by a quieter time of reflection with home-made Christingle candles.