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Family Worship. Or – “All-age worship” Or – “You can’t please all of the people all of the time…”. Agenda. Biblical basis for all-age worship Models of worship services Cultural issues Practical tips Conclusion Q&A. Biblical basis.

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family worship

Family Worship

Or – “All-age worship”

Or – “You can’t please all of the people all of the time…”

  • Biblical basis for all-age worship
  • Models of worship services
  • Cultural issues
  • Practical tips
  • Conclusion
  • Q&A
biblical basis
Biblical basis
  • Exodus 10:9 – worship was to be a family and community activity
  • I Kings 19:19-21 – the importance of partnering and training between the generations
  • Psalm 8 – Not just required, but cause and effect of children praising – silences the enemy
  • Malachi 4:6 – unity between the generations is a key to revival
biblical basis4
Biblical basis
  • Mark 9:37 – the importance of welcoming children
  • Mark 10:13-16 – the importance of being like children
  • Matthew 21/Luke 19 – the Triumphal Entry – the role of children and the response of Pharisees
models of worship services
Models of worship services
  • Sunday School model
    • Children may be in the “main” service for a period of time
    • Go to separate groups, usually split by age
  • Family Service model
    • All ages in the service for the whole time
    • Preach usually pitched accordingly
models of worship services6
Models of worship services
  • Separate Children’s Church
    • May meet on a Sunday or another time
    • Specifically geared just for children
    • May have an evangelistic aim
  • Separate Youth Church
    • Ditto, but for teens and young adults
    • Usually a contemporary style
so what is the right model
So what is the right model?
  • There is probably no absolute right model – just what is right for your church at a point in time
  • Be prepared to hear from God, and CHANGE!
  • Constantly re-evaluate and adapt as necessary
cultural issues
Cultural issues
  • Church attendance has been in decline in many UK churches
  • We live in a “choice” society – if I don’t like it, I can opt out or choose something different
  • Media like TV, Film, the Internet, are VISUAL
  • Patience is no longer seen as a virtue; everything must be instant
practical tips
Practical Tips
  • Explain what we do, and why we do it
  • Be clear in expectations, especially of younger children
  • Be enthusiastic – be a worshipper (“Worship is caught not taught”)
  • Use a variety of songs, and don’t “label” songs as being adult, youth or children’s – blur the edges
preparation is crucial
Preparation is crucial

Practical Tips

  • You will get out of a service what you put in
  • Plan, plan, plan
  • Prepare, prepare, prepare
  • Communicate well between the people with areas of responsibility
hot tip number 2
Hot tip number 2


visual elements
Visual elements
  • Drama (drama is like pizza)
  • Dances / Action songs
  • Banners
  • Video clips
  • Visual aids – sermon illustrations; notices
  • People – get different people up front and involved
hear see do
Hear, see, do
  • I hear, I forget
  • I see, I remember
  • I do, I understand
practical tips19
Practical tips
  • Be practical (and pragmatic) about the length of people’s concentration spans
    • Less is often more
  • Ask for feedback
    • What’s working and what isn’t?
  • Persevere
    • Get a vision; communicate the vision; stick with the vision
  • All-age worship is an ideal worth pursing
  • Not easy, but attainable
  • Children and youth are the future of the church and we should sacrifice to serve them
  • Need to hear from heaven – get a vision!
  • Go for it