West Chelmsford United Methodist Church
Friday, May 26, 2017
 
 



 

 

 Sunday Morning Schedule to Change This Fall
“Behold, I am doing a new thing….” Isaiah 43:18
When we gather on Sunday mornings in the fall we will have a different format for our time together. We are adapting to changes in our numbers and in how people participate. We are also creating opportunities for new ministries on Sunday mornings.
We will continue to begin our worship service at 9:30 am, with the Sunday School students and teachers in worship for approximately the first 30 minutes. Then the teachers and students will go to their classes. Worship will end around 10:30 am and coffee hour will begin as it does now. Sunday School classes will last until 10:45 am. We will be discontinuing the 11:00 am service. We will use the time after Sunday School ends for new types of programming, such as study groups, discussion times and innovative worship services. This will be an experiment for one program year (from September 2017 to June 2018), and will be evaluated in the summer of 2018. We welcome your feedback during the coming year.
This change is prompted by the steep decline in the number of people worshipping at the 11:00 am service, the opportunity to increase the participation of children and Sunday School teachers in our worship life, and our desire to do some new types of programming while we are already together on Sunday mornings.
Change is always unsettling, and especially so when we are changing something we care deeply about, such as our Sunday morning worship and Sunday School experience. We ask you to enter into this new schedule with an open mind and an open heart. We believe God can use this opportunity to speak to us in new ways, while guiding us with the same Spirit that has always guided the life of this congregation.

Worship Planning Group
Reverend Mack
Karen Leonard, Music Minister
Holly Cerullo, Worship Committee chair
Sarah Laflamme, Director of Christian Education