Planning all-age worship - is it appropriate?

by BIG Ministries
Posted at 09:37am on 18th March 2013

Here’s a brief checklist of things to think about when you’re planning and leading a time of all-age worship. Look at each individual item, and the programme as a whole, and think…

 
Is it appropriate?
  • Is what I’m planning simple and clear? (it should be). Remember ‘simple and clear’ doesn’t mean we have to say clear of big concepts or themes.
  • Is it childish, embarrassing or patronising? (it shouldn’t be). For example, look at our language…
NOT: ‘Let’s come before the Lord in penitence for our transgressions’
NOR: ‘Now we’re going to say sorry for the naughty things we’ve done’
BUT simple, uncomplicated language that doesn’t patronise, like ‘We’re going to spend a bit of time saying sorry to God for things we’ve done wrong’

BIG Ministries are a charity based near Birmingham who love to have fun!  Their slightly more serious job is to resource the church with God-focused, high quality and fun events and resources.  They put on super-duper fun events where they help children to celebrate God in loads of different ways.  These events are called ONE BiG DAY and they happen all over the country.  Check our http:/www.bigministries.co.uk/ONE_BiG_DAY to find out more.  BIG Ministries also write music and written resources to help people engage with God, and help the children they work with engage with God too.