This week the PPP team met with me to discuss the feedback received regarding the proposed trial of changing service times and developing the early service to enable it to be more accessible to people. In the light of all the responses we considered a wide range of options, including the status quo, and I’m convinced that it is certainly worth giving the trial a run. There are plenty of indications that the potential advantages outweigh the disadvantages people are concerned about, and time will tell whether that is the case. We will never know unless we try.
The whole exercise is indeed a trial and we propose to commence later services on July 19th (the first Sunday after school goes back) and the trial will run until our Anniversary Day on Nov 29th. During that time we will be keen to continue to get feedback as to whether people think we should make the change permanent or not.
The reason we are changing things is ultimately an attempt to further grow opportunities to reach more people for Christ. By making the early service more ‘user friendly’ with a more contemporary service, a later time and pouring resources into the music ministry. we hope and pray that that will encourage more people to attend.
The flow on consequence of needing a later time for the 10am service also does have some advantages. People will be encouraged to still come at 10am and share a cuppa with the early service people and so build the community of our church family further. The later time will also open the possibility of informal lunches together after the later service and we’ll experiment with those as time goes on.
One clear concern that was raised about the later service for 10am was the need to make sure the service length did not blow out as it sometimes has, and we intend to do all we can to ensure people do get to luncheon appointments.
We’ll see what develops with interest, but please do pray that God may continue to grow our church for his glory and please do take time to give feedback in coming weeks.
“Let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24–25)