All Age Worship
Engage Together: Intergenerational Worship Ideas for August – September 2017 (after Pentecost)
This resource is designed to assist and inspire churches with ways to adapt elements of a worship liturgy to be more intergenerational during the season after Pentecost (Aug - Sept 2017). The resource is based on the lectionary readings but the ideas can be adapted to suit any Bible/theme focus.
Its basic approach is to take as a foundation the general principles of multi-age worship – such as seeking to be multi-sensory, multi-intelligence and multi-ability aware – and add a layer of intergenerational awareness. Broadly speaking, this resource addresses the welcome, call to worship, prayer of confession, prayers of the people, music and Bible reading elements often found in the first third of a mainline worship service.
This resource has been written and produced in partnership across three Uniting Church Synods, including South Australia’s Intergenerational Team. Your feedback about this resource will be gratefully received. Please e-mail your comments to Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com
Engage Together: Intergenerational Worship Ideas for Pentecost (June - July)
This resource for Pentecost is still available for download below.
If you did download and use this resource we would greatly appreciate your feedback on how and where you used this resource and what was helpful or could be improved in future resources. Please send a short email to Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org
Planning Intergenerational Worship
Every Christian worship service can be considered an intergenerational worship service in the sense that the worshippers represent (or actually include) the whole body of Christ with its youngest and oldest members.
In this downloadable workshop we will be looking at intergenerational worship as worship that intentionally involves people of all ages in an encounter with God through a range of acts of worship, eg hearing and reflecting on God's word, responding to God with praise and/or confession, receiving forgiveness, giving offerings.
Intergenerational worship is different from 'children's worship' in which, commonly, adults prepare 'something for children'. In worship that is truly intergenerational, young and old worship together. Children, youth, young adults, middle-aged adults and older adults can also take part in planning for, inviting to and leading worship.
Where congregations have such ministry teams: intergenerational worship can be planned through cooperation of the worship team and the children's/family ministry team. Click here to down load this Planning Intergenerational Worship Guide:
Planning Intergenerational Worship (263 kb PDF)
Exploring Children's Involvement in Church
The presence of children in a worshipping congregation is a source of joy for the present and hope for the future. It may also provide opportunities to reshape worship practices and attitudes for the benefit of all worshippers.
Help! There's a child in my church! is a study paper to help congregations, worship planners, children's ministry leaders and parents explore the involvement of children in congregational worship.
Theres a child in my church (164 kb PDF)
Worship Service Ideas
On the left hand menu there are a great amount of worship services that are updated regularly. You may wish to use the service as is or adapt elements for your context. Whatever you do we would be very glad to hear your feedback to help use prepare resources for the future.
For more Multi-Age Worship resources please visit the following site from Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania>