After our meeting to review Experimental June on Sunday, the attached report has been updated. We came to some simple conclusions on what should happen next:
1. To have one ‘special service a term (two month period)’ along the lines of Café Church or Messy Church.
2. Seek to use creative multi-media as an element in services more regularly.
3. Involve the children more at the beginning of the service by encouraging them up to the front with instruments or streamers during the first hymn as well as Children’s songs.
4. Make the feedback from the children at the end of the service a more regular feature.
Please pray for us as we prepare to implement these ideas in the autumn.
We also asked people what they found helpful and what could be improved about each service. The following key themes emerged from the responses:
1. The interactive teaching is helpful, especially for children, but perhaps a little more needs to be provided for adults.
2. It needs to be given more time.
3. It gives people the opportunity to talk more together, but, perhaps to help this, refreshments should be provided from the start.
1. Singing along to music tracks along with the artist was positively received, but there needed to be some fine tuning in terms of volume levels and leading of the singing.
2. The visual elements of the service were popular, but would be improved with the addition of subtitles to the music videos.
1. There was an overwhelming sense that sitting together at tables helped to create much more good interaction between church members.
2. A significant group felt that this is best done with a non-communion service.
3. Serious thought needs to be given as to how to avoid having the tables and chairs too squashed.
Finally, this chart shows the percentage of respondents wanting the services repeated at different frequencies:
Various notices and questions to do with the life of St. Luke's Church in Ramsgate.