One Service/Two Venues
Our Sunday morning worship time begins with two “venues” (Main Auditorium for Contemporary Worship with full band, and Fireside Room for Classic Acoustic Worship with a pared down band). Following the Singing Time, parents can check their children into Children’s Ministries classes and adults can grab a coffee or chat for a few minutes. Then all the adults gather in the Main Auditorium for the Teaching Time (a video feed is provided in the Fireside Room for those who prefer a smaller setting for the Teaching Time). Click the following links for our rational about these changes.
We have one service to help our Children’s Ministries thrive.
To properly facilitate children’s ministries, we currently offer one service. In our 2017-2018 season, we had to drop children’s ministry for one service because we did not have enough volunteers to run an effective and safe program in both services. As a result, the second service limped along and began to shrink in size.- Hide
Children join us for singing, so volunteers can be part of Worship Gathering.
But, if we only have one service, we realized we would need to do something different in order for our children’s ministry volunteers to be a part of our gatherings as a church. We did not want them to feel like they were missing out on church. So, we decided to keep the elementary age children with the adults for the worship and singing. That will allow the Children’s Ministry leaders and teachers to be part of our worship gathering while still doing ministry. The Children’s Ministry volunteers will get enough time off to enjoy a full service roughly every other week.- Hide
However, one service with everyone in it, could be full. Therefore, we utilize two Venues for part of our service.
We experiment each week with two venues. As of fall 2018, we do the first part of our worship service (music and other elements) in two places. This offers us the room we need to grow - for a while at least. Part of our Sunday gathering will meet in the Main Auditorium and the others will meet in the Fireside Room, both at 28 Westland Road, in Okotoks. - Hide
So we thought, why not experiment with two Worship Styles in the two Venues?
As we thought about this, we figured, if we were going to be in two venues for the singing, why not try an experiment with two different worship styles in the two Venues. So, on a typical Sunday, the Main Auditorium will feature our “Contemporary Worship with Full Band” and the Fireside Room experiments with “Classic Acoustic Worship” with a pared down band. By the way, “Classic” does not mean a hymn sing. We use classic songs to lead us in worship, including hymns and some of our familiar worship songs. We mix it up every week in an attempt to find what works for us as a congregation. - Hide
After our Family Friendly Worship, parents will need time to check children into the Children’s Ministry.
We recognize that we can't just ‘let the kids go’ when it comes time to dismiss them. We live in a different age and are a bigger facility, than day's gone by. We must keep things safe and we must follow the protocols we have in place for our children’s safety. So, we provide a time between the music gathering and the teaching gathering for kids to be checked in to Children’s Ministry. - Hide
Why not experiment with a Coffee Time for community building?
If we already have a break, why not use that time for community building? We see value in using our coffee bar to help people connect, and we thought, why not try that as part of this experiment? So, we will have coffee and lattes available during a 10-minute check in time. We use videos and other thoughtful projection info in the two Venues for people to ponder who would feel more comfortable with a time for reflection. - Hide
After our break, we bring the adults together in the Main Auditorium for the Teaching Time.
After the break the children have their teaching time in the children’s area and the rest gather in the Main Auditorium for the adult teaching. We use this time for Bible Teaching and for telling stories of what God is doing in our midst. This requires some grace by all of us because seating arrangements may change as people from the Fireside Room gather in the Main Auditorium. We all fit with the children gone to their own teaching time. For those who want to gather in a quieter setting, or if overflow is necessary, we also provide live streaming in the Fireside Room. - Hide
This is an experiment!
Expect some changes and updates as we go along. Your input and gracious patience with us, and one another helps us make this an effective experiment as we find what works with our congregation to lead us all in worship. We evaluate as we go along with a goal of finding what works for us. More information about our children's ministry can be found here