Church First Sundays
What is Church First Sunday? It allows us to do an Adult Forum with a focus on spiritual nurture that would coincide with Church School and the Teen Program. After our first year of experimentation we have decided to do them seasonally. For instance in this coming academic year we have a Church First planned for October and November and then Feb. and May (as March and April have Palm Sunday and Easter). Youth Sunday in June is our final Church First Sunday of the year (1st or 2nd Sunday in June).
How does it work? All of us at the 10:15 service will gather in church for about 50 minutes for shorter readings and Eucharist. After that, all of us will go to appropriate “discovery” time, as it were, Teen Program, Church School and an Adult Forum in the Great Hall or right there in the church. This reorientation will do two things…. Allow adults to do more interactive sermons or bible study, formal ministry sharing and conversations, for eg. AND allow our young people to learn about and even more, participate in our services.