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Short-Term ‘Trial Use’ of New Pattern of Worship

posted 2 Dec 2013, 09:17 by St. Thomas' Church Aboyne   [ updated 2 Dec 2013, 09:17 ]

At the September meeting of the St Thomas’ Vestry, the Family Worship Advisory Group reported that in most cases families who bring smaller children to the STomp service do not stay for the communion which follows, as it makes for a very long session for the wee ones. With that helpful insight, and bearing in mind that the Parish Profile clearly outlines a longing to serve and encourage younger families in the congregation, the Vestry considered what this might suggest to improve our pattern of worship. In consultation with the Spirituality & Worship Advisory Group, and with full support of the Bishop (who is also the interim Rector, and therefore has full canonical responsibility for worship here) the Vestry has agreed to following recommendation:

We will test a slightly revised pattern of worship for January and February of 2014. The first Sunday (Family Service) will remain as is. The second Sunday will still be a Communion, but using the 1982 service. Third Sundays will continue with STomp at 10am, and then follow with Communion at 11.15, now using 1970 service. The fourth Sunday, which has been designated for special and seasonal options anyway, will be slightly reframed as Family Communion, and use as its basis any of several excellent and more accessible versions of a service in the Eucharistic form, but with more options for full participation by people of all ages. The fifth Sunday will remain a service of Matins.

The beauty of this solution is we will offer something specifically for families on three Sundays of the month while maintaining the 1970 and Matins services which also appeal to some of our members.

We are waiting until January to begin, as the December rota is filled with so many special Advent and Christmas offerings. And we will be very interested in hearing how this works for all of you who attend our Sunday worship.

Lisa Eunson