9:00 am CT in-person
What will be different about the 9:00 service?
A: First of all, it will be located in the Fellowship Hall! We will have coffee, juice, and light breakfast options and participants will sit at the round tables. There will be more opportunities to talk to people at your table throughout the service and hear from everyone in the room. Instead of a sermon, there will be a short “spark” to help get the conversation going, which will be related to the sermon which will take place at 10:45. The 10:45 service will remain very much the same as it is now for people who prefer the traditional “feel” of Sunday morning.
Why are we making this change?
A: Given the rapidly changing demographics in our society with regard to religion and the rise of people who identify as “spiritual but not religious,” we are experimenting with a style that might be more welcoming to folks who are put off by the idea of “church” even if they agree with our values. Also, we have discovered that the 9:00 am service is attractive to people who want a deeper connection with those within our community, and this new format will provide even more opportunity for connection and conversation than a traditional service.
What about Zoom? Can I participate from afar?
A: The coffeehouse will be in-person only. Given our limitations in technology in the Fellowship Hall as well as the desire for this to be an interactive and intimate space, Zoom will only be offered at the 10:45 service which will remain much the same as it is now.
Can my kids come? Do they have to?
A: Our hope is that this will be a chance for increased engagement for all ages, but it will not be tailored specifically for families. Children are welcome to come, and there will be coloring pages and fidgets available for them at the tables. If you are an adult who does not have kids (at all, or at this time), we encourage you to invite young people to join you, to help relieve the Sunday morning pressure for parents and guardians. Kids behave much better with people they don’t live with! There will be a one-room-schoolhouse childcare option for kids 4-10 who really don’t want to participate in the coffeehouse. Nursery for ages 6 months to 4 years will remain available as well.