This resource is for churches and communities of faith seeking to explore and play with the idea of intergenerational worship. Rather than choosing themes that might be considered “intergenerational-friendly” and straying from a typical order of service, Engage Together takes a traditional worship pattern and follows the themes of the Revised Common Lectionary. Thus, whilst it is especially suitable for particular denominations (such as the Anglican, Lutheran and Uniting Churches), it can in fact be used by any church.
Engage Together recognises the reality that in many contexts the “first twenty minutes” of a service is the most appropriate place for stretching our intergenerational imagination. To this end, Engage Together provides a variety of ideas that could be taken up by churches seeking to be more intentionally intergenerational in some aspects of their gathered worship life.
The material in this edition of Engage Together, covering the Sundays in December, includes links to other resources, three different options for Advent Wreath/Candle lighting litanies, five worship service outlines (one for each week of Advent and the
Sunday after Christmas).
In this resource you will find a range of suggestions to encourage greater participation by people of all ages and to help foster intentional intergenerational connections. These ideas are highlighted with “Say”, “Prepare” or “Do” symbols. For most weeks you will find creative material that relates to a Call to Worship, Song, Interactive Advent Activity, Prayer of Confession, Bible Reading and the Prayers of the People. In addition, each service includes a “Take home” idea that encourages ongoing reflection on an Advent theme.