During the first three weeks of June we held three different style services at our 10:30am slot: Messy Church, Multi-media Church and Café Church. At the end of each service we asked people to fill in a questionnaire giving their thoughts on the service. We had over 40 responses for each service with between 66% and 86% of adults responding each week. Below is a summary of what people said.
When asked to score each service from 1-10 (10 being best) on whether the service helped them to grow deeper in their faith, grow together in their relationships with other Christians and would be something they could invite people to so that the church would grow wider we received the following average scores:
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: