Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Spirit of Invention - Back to Basics
By Rev. Dr. Michael Koplitz
A problem for a church that holds more than one worship celebration is how to get the people from each worship service to connect with each other. The basic answer is fellowship events. Then the problem is determining what type of fellowship events and at what time. A solution: why not hold fellowship events between the two or more worship celebrations? The earlier members are already at church, and with good food (after all we are United Methodists) you can attract the later worship attendees to come early.
On Sunday, March 29, 2015, Bethany Church in Felton held it’s third inter-worship fellowship event with fantastic attendance, even boosting the worship attendance. Bethany’s traditional worship is at 8:45 a.m., and the contemporary worship is at 11 a.m. Instead of holding the education hour the church held a “Bacon Sunday” fellowship event with members of the Worship Events Team bringing in different kinds of food that included bacon in them. The simplest dish was just plain bacon and another was a brownie with bacon.
The past fellowship events included a Christmas Cookie Social, and Cupcake Sunday. Future fellowship events will include Salad Sunday and Sundae Sunday.
Now the people from each worship celebration are getting to know each other more than they did before.