Let the little children come to me

Jesus’ words in Matthew 19:14 are brought vividly to light in a typical Explore Together session. And just as Jesus used the children to teach his disciples a lesson, Explore Together allows inter-generational learning.

All ages learn together

Each zone, apart from the Holy Space, allows the participants to see and share with others people’s response. And because the community comes back together after the ‘zones’ even the reflectors are given the option to share what God has been saying to them.

When a child paints a picture of Jesus in response to the question ‘how can I be a good gift?’ the rest of the community are involved in that response.

How much time do we, or are we able to give to listening to children usually? Explore Together gives children a voice… isn’t that was Jesus did? (Lee)

The various zones in Explore together encourage genuine listening, it gives the marginalized a voice. Those in our communities who don’t normally have a voice are engaged in sharing what God is saying to them.

A discussion in the chat zone, about different kinds of bravery, lead to a realization that the courage to tell others about our faith comes from God. (Lee)

Explore Together lets everyone have a voice, and lets everyone learn together. The faith of the whole community is engaged as it meets with God and each other.

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.