All-age and all happy?

When Charlotte asked for some Explore Together booklets, her church began a journey into an unknown exploration of all-age worship.

  • How would the church respond?
  • Would they be able to worship and hear from God?
  • What about the huge age difference?

The questions were answered quickly the next time the church had an all-age service. Let’s see what Charlotte had to say…

 Thank you for the Explore Together Booklets.  We had a very good All-age service yesterday exploring together Exodus 3 – Moses and the Burning Bush.  All-ages from 2 to nearly 90 were involved and there was a lovely feeling of calm and purpose in the room.  Many people felt God saying things to them and several were going away to explore the passage further on their own.  I was wowed at the thoughts and ideas being expressed in the Chat Zone and the respect given by the groups to each other, whatever their ages. – Charlotte

And now from Peter, a member of the Leadership Team…

The zones are a great way of breaking things up in a creative way. The feedback was outstanding.

It’s great to have all age meetings which neither patronise the children nor dumb down the adults. I think we’ve achieved something remarkable, with God’s help of course. – Peter

If you’d like to like to know how Explore Together can be used by your church community, then browse through the pages that are linked at the top. You can also contact Lianne using the details on the about page.

All Age Bible Exploration

It’s difficult to find a way to really engage all ages during a meeting. It’s even harder to help them all meet God through exploring the Bible and prayer. However, Explore Together enables all age Bible exploration. When Charlotte’s church used the Explore Together method, she, and they, were very happy with the outcome.

We had a very good All-age service yesterday exploring together Exodus 3 – Moses and the Burning Bush.  All-ages from 2 to nearly 90 were involved and there was a lovely feeling of calm and purpose in the room.

Explore Together is not just a time for meeting with God during the set times. As the group found out, the exploration of the Bible passage through varied learning approaches, would continue beyond the set times.

Many people felt God saying things to them and several were going away to explore the passage further on their own.

With feedback built into the very heart of Explore Together, the spiritual growth and development of the group can be monitored. This often comes with surprising results.

I was wowed at the thoughts and ideas being expressed in the Chat Zone and the respect given by the groups to each other, whatever their ages.

Explore Together can help your church, or group, meet with God whatever age and learning style they find most helpful. As Charlotte found out, many of those involved heard God, and then wanted to hear more. Try Explore Together and let all ages meet with God.

Explore Together for the first time

It was with some trepidation and lots of prayer that Steve dared to attempt Explore Together in a church setting, on a Sunday. With about 140 to 150 people ranging in age from babies to 90+, the all-together service was replaced with Explore Together… the result…

‘I just had to write to you and thank you, and tell you… that it worked!!’ (Steve)

Steve got lots of great feedback, with several older members of the congregation saying how great it was to be able to share and hear other people’s input. Steve even had someone phone him after the service to say how they loved it.

Respond to God in a personal way

An enthusiastic teacher said it was just how they learn at school, and one Elder suggested that Explore Together could be used for all their All-Together (family) services.

But it wasn’t just the children and older members who found Explore Together rewarding. The youth pastor thought it was great and worked for the young people who attended. One member of the community even posted their craft activity on Facebook. Not only were they exploring the Bible together at the church but also with their Facebook friends.

Overall what particularly delighted Steve was the level of participation and how much people did things together in the zones.

This is exactly what Explore Together sets out to do. And if you want to know more about how your community can learn together start here.