With Circuit Ministers on the move to new stations this summer and with other preachers on holiday, it is going to be difficult to fill all the pulpits in our large Circuit during the period from mid-July to the end of August. When this was put to our Church Council, everyone except me voted that we should have no evening services at our church during that period.
This was decided without any reference to the handful of regular evening worshippers who can't (or won't) come to the morning services and who will never go elsewhere when we close our evening service in favour of a united Circuit service. I know the numbers affected will be few but that doesn't mean that they are not important! In fact, if you go by Jesus' teaching, the few are very important.
I suppose I should be rejoicing because it gives me a good excuse to go to worship at a hugely successful Anglican church in the town, which gathers in so many young people and has good Biblical teaching. I love to worship there and there is a lift just waiting for me to accept the offer. But God has set me in this church and asks me to care for his people here in Caversham ........
I doubt if it will have any effect, but I have sent an email to the Church Council members pleading that instead of going to sleep for the summer we might try something new and different, like starting later so that young couples with babies can come when the children have gone to sleep and perhaps meeting away from church premises (in a restaurant or in the open air by the river perhaps). We are supposed to be trying to introduce Fresh Expressions of worship, after all.
May I ask if anyone has come up against this problem and found a really good solution, please? I could do with some encouragement!