Featherston’s monthly intergenerational service is on a roll, and they’re noticing that many of the attendees are young people that don’t usually come to church.
At a recent inter-generational service, Philippa Young, lay leader at St John’s Featherston, reported that about half the congregation was made up of people under the age of 16, and many of them weren’t regular church attendees. She tells us for some, they are regular members of the church youth group, but don’t come on a Sunday, while for others, they had come through advertising in local publications. “We usually take a parable or a story, and use Godly Play techniques to tell the story, followed by group discussion or a workshop,” says Philippa. The technique is a useful way of conveying the Word of God to all ages, and the shared brunch that occurs after the service creates a warm family environment in which to round out the service.
Philippa is delighted that the service is able to give the youth a “meaningful” experience of God, and judging by the photos, the Featherston community is enjoying its tight-knit sense of family.