Following a really good PCC meeting yesterday evening, I have some exciting news about services for the next period at St Andrew’s.
Throughout the pandemic we have offered Listen & Pray – a single 10am service alternating between two service styles (i.e. the so-called ‘Traditional’ and ‘Oxshott Praise’). We are grateful to the technical team who have enabled everyone – whether from home or in the church building – to join together for worship using this format.
Over the past few months, the Ministry Team, Wardens and the PCC have prayed about and discussed how best to move forward with services so that they reflect three priorities: namely, integration, simplicity and families and children. We also want to retain aspects that we have enjoyed about our temporary Listen & Pray service, such as meeting together as one big Church Family. Many have also enjoyed coming to church mid-morning, rather than at 9.15am (too early for some) or at 11am (too late for others). We also want to continue to live stream the service, if at all possible, to enable everyone to join in.
Therefore, as the clocks ‘Spring forward’ this weekend we too plan to move forward into a service called ‘St Andrew’s at 10’. This will be neither a traditional service nor Oxshott Praise but a service that combines the very best of both styles and, importantly, allows us to come together as one big Church Family before God. Communion will be celebrated every week, sometimes integrated into the service and sometimes offered as an addition (just as at Listen & Pray). The new service will be launched on Sunday 1 May and further information will follow in the Weekly News, the magazine and on the website.
We want also to offer two other services to provide more opportunities for members of our community to meet with God. First, we are preparing to re-launch families@4 as a more frequent service aimed at families with primary-aged children. Secondly, we are planning an informal time of musical worship, prayer and studying God’s word in the evening, aiming for a service to which our young people can belong, together with everyone who enjoys worshipping in this style. Both of these services will emerge and be piloted over the next few months.
I believe that the Lord is in these plans for St Andrew’s. May I ask you to pray with me as preparations continue and as we trust the Lord to guide us into the next season of our church’s life.