Date: Sunday 4th June
Special occasion: themed service – “Elected”
Although the picture on the left is from the morning service in Watford (the kids were magnificent – singing and performing the actions to the song, “Great big God” – “thank you”, Danny), I’m going to focus this review on the Bracknell event because it was a special themed service.
The title was “Elected” as a pun on the forthcoming general election and the scriptures about our spiritual election.
The service outline is below:
|Song||Thank you Lord – Voices & Guitar||Tidu/Roger||Band|
|Song||I Will Rise – Band||Tidu||Band|
|Song||Hallelujah (Lord we sing ….) – Band||Tidu/Roger||Band|
|Welcome & Prayer||Watkins|
|Slideshow||Children go to classes|
|Song||Transcend – Voices & Guitar||Alex||Band|
|HOPE talk||It’s not about governments, but us here in this room||Tony|
|Song||Take my Life – Voices & Guitar. While HOPE collection taken up||Tidu||Voices & Guitar|
|Introduction||Malcolm||Explain group work|
|Group work||Together with the person sitting next to you, discuss a time you felt chosen and how it felt (not about God).||2’s or 3’s|
|Sharing||Get a few responses. Introduce testimonies.||Malcolm|
|Sharing||What did we notice about Shevvy’s testimony?||Malcolm|
|Sharing||What did we notice about CJ’s testimony?|
|Communion||Describe how God chose/elected us because of Jesus. Take the bread to choose Jesus.||Malcolm||Holding loaf. Break at end & distribute.|
|Song||Amazing Grace – Voices. Bread and wine passed||Obi||Voices|
|Song||Here Am I Send Me (Brian Craig version) – Band||Tidu||Band|
We gave a handout to everyone who attended so they could reflect on what they were hearing, and take something away for further quiet time and discussion material. You can see a copy here: Election Service handout.
Several people remarked on the helpfulness of having a theme for the entire service. It helped them to concentrate, focus and dial down deep into the topic. The testimonies were terrific. Very different characters and circumstances clearly illustrating that God chooses all kinds of people. The speakers remembered to include points for the teenagers in the room, which I would hope will have made the messages more relevant for them.
Have you run a specially ‘themed’ service recently? If so, what worked, and what did not? Do you have any recommendations for events such as these?
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