It’s Time for Something New and Different!

For a very long time worship at Emmanuel Church has been offered on Sunday mornings at 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM and 12:00 Noon. Though each  has a unique character, they are all three decidedly formal and traditional services, deeply rooted in our Anglican liturgical history. And as much as we all love them, there is room for us to explore some other possibilities as well.

Emmanuel’s congregation did a survey several years ago that resulted in a long range plan that the Vestry has pursued. The element of the plan that we are focused on this season is helping the congregation to grow by offering worship alternatives at a different time and perhaps in a different format than our present schedule includes. We could just make up a new service to offer and program it at a time of our choosing, but it seems like a better idea to ask for some input from members of the congregation — and even better, we hope from folks who do not yet worship with us at Emmanuel.

To that end, we have Six questions that we would love to have as many answers to as possible. Please consider jotting down your answers and sending them along to us, and asking friends and neighbors to do the same. We hope to have a plan in place to begin in September 2018.

  1. If we were to offer worship on Saturday afternoon or evening, what time would be best for you and your family?

  2. What setting would be most comfortable to you and your family: the main sanctuary of the church, the smaller All Saints Chapel, or a less formal setting such as the parish hall?

  3. Is music in worship important to you, and if so, what style would you prefer: traditional hymns, contemporary hymns, “Taize” style chants, or something else?

  4. Should Holy Communion be a regular part of the service?

  5. We plan to offer a program of Christian Education to children as part of this plan: would it be better to do that during part of the service or before or afterwards?

  6. If a simple supper was included, would you and your family participate in it?

If you can think of other questions we should be asking or have any other suggestions to offer, we’d love to hear from you: office@emmanuelbelair.org.

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