Friday, November 28, 2008

Y is for...

Youth.

Okay, I don't know why the book chose this for y... I can't really see how this has anything to do with God... I guess because the book is for late elementary through middle school, a "teacher" could talk about youth groups...

I don't like churches that have everything segregated by age. I much prefer churches where the services are completely multi-generational. Churches that do one contemporary service and one traditional service tend to be the most segregated. Two services in general aren't great either because the younger crowd is less likely to get up for the early service.

Evening services can end up being segregated too if there are different"activities." I don't have a problem with segregating ocassionally (like once a week), but I find that mixed services are the most enlightening because you can learn from others. The older can disciple the younger, etc.

What do you think?

2 comments:

Mary-LUE said...

I don't mind youth services, etc., but I do like to see multi-generational groups, whether it be on Sunday mornings or mid-week. I do think we need to be able to embrace our entire Christian community, not just those our age. However, I know that is can be difficult to find worship styles that cross multi-generational lines.

Faith Wanderer said...

At my church, and a number of others I have attended, multiple services are just the only option. When there are more people than can fit in the available space, and not enough money to get a new space there aren't a lot of other choices.

I have also noticed that at my new church the early service actually gets more of the younger/college age people and the later service is more families. I'm not sure why that is, but it seems different than some other places.