Intergenerational Worship

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12

This past Sunday, our Family Worship service saw all the members of our tribe celebrating together. We randomly divided into groups and went on a brief “tour” of the stained glass windows in our sanctuary.

I especially enjoyed listening to the children in our group as they studied the art pieces and interacted with the rest of us. We have so much to learn from each other if we only make the effort. The key question for everyone was “Where do you see grace and truth in this picture?” (John 1:14).

A healthy gospel-centred church is one of the few places in our society where generations can safely mingle and learn from each other. There certainly is a place for age specific ministries (children’s groups, youth groups, senior’s groups, etc.), but we too often default to segregating individuals into “silos” instead of learning from each other. Doing life together, across generational lines, is much richer (and messier). Adults need children, and children need adults (and everyone in between).

After last Sunday, one little boy asked his mom, “When is the next Family Service?”

Me too!

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