All Age/Intergen Worship
Celebrating Children’s Week 2019, 18-27 October
Intergenerational worship service ideas
Children play an important role in our communities and in our churches. We encourage you to play, learn and grow together as disciples of Jesus Christ by celebrating Children’s Week during any worship services held during this week (e.g. Sunday 20 or 27 October).
The theme focuses on the right of children to have access to good quality health care.
This resource has different ideas for celebrating children and building relationships across generations. There are ideas for welcome to worship, call to worship, early word, prayers of praise and prayers for others. Worship leaders could choose to use one or more of these ideas in shaping worship in Children’s Week.
2019 Children's Week Intergen worship ideas (734 kb PDF)
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.
Engage Together: Intergenerational Worship Ideas - overview
Want to know how to shape intergenerational worship? Then this is the resource for you!
It comprises five main sections, four focusing on one element of a typical service – Call to Worship, Music, Prayer and Bible Reading – plus one on Take Home ideas. Each section contains tips, suggestions, a list of ideas and a number of worked examples (with each of the examples drawn from previous editions of Engage Together). Our hope is that people will take up the challenge of embracing the concepts and applying them appropriately to the songs, texts and prayers that they are choosing for the worship services they are responsible for. In Advent, lest people be too daunted by this expectation, we will be returning to the previous format!
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
Engage Together: Growing Intergenerational Worship
The FREE Engage Together: Growing Intergenerational Worship resource is for individual leaders and congregations seeking to be more intentionally intergenerational during a worship service. It provides tips, ideas and some practical suggestions for being more intergenerational during different elements of a typical worship service, including welcoming people, children's talks, notices, preaching, Communion, collection of offering, benediction and fellowship after the service. PLUS it includes material from Engage Together: Generating Intergenerational Worship Ideas around call to worship, music, prayer, Bible reading and take home ideas. This new resource and can be read in conjunction with Engage Together: More than Worship, More than Sunday.
Engage Together - Growing Intergen Worship (1.1 mb PDF)
Engage Together: More than Worship, more than Sunday
This is a concise document about what intergenerational ministry means (not just intergenerational worship) with tools and examples for churches to consider what their next steps could be in becoming more intergenerational as a whole community across the life of the church. This document also includes a two page fact sheet that summarises what intergenerational ministry means with discussion questions for your context.
Planning Intergenerational Worship Guide
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.
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
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. These can be found here or on the webpage menu (left- computer, bottom- mobile devices)
For more Multi-Age Worship resources please visit the following site from Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania>