Church done in different ways

June 15th, 2009

One of the things I enjoy as I visit different churches is seeing how they do things differently. It is nice to see how the local traditional country churches do things in their own way.

Yesterday at Mukinbuddin we arrived about 15 minutes before the service was due to start. Instead of going into church to pray and then begin, we had morning tea in the church hall. This lasted about half an hour. It was nice to get to know and talk to everyone first and then when everyone had arrived we moved through to the main hall and the service began. I am not sure if this is how they normally do it, but I quite enjoyed it.

Another church I have been to had a tea break about half way through. They started with praise and worship, the offering and communion and then went out for a coffee break and catch up. Then after about 15-20 minutes everyone moved back into the main hall for the sermon, prayer and final song.

I really like these different styles and ways of doing things. We are all different and have very different contexts that we do church in. For a small country town where most people are isolated on farms during the week, the coffee and catch first up or at “half time” works really well. There is a real sense of connection and community that takes place during this time.