Top Tips for All Age Worship

Helpful hints for worship service planners

What is an All Age Service?

An inspirational All Age or Family service, is one where the whole congregation is able to engage in worship, prayer and teaching together as one church. At its heart is the belief that we are on a journey of faith together as children of God.

All Age services should be like buffets, lots on offer but giving a choice.

The Best Buffet: an analogy for All Age Worship

When a family eats together there will be parts of the meal that some members will┬áprefer more than others. Each one has their own tastes, likes and dislikes that affect what we choose to eat from the table. When cooking at home, you know what the rest of the family likes and will adjust the menu to suit, however at a restaurant there are more choices to try to accommodate everyone’s tastes. In our church services we need to think about how we can provide the best food for all ┬áparticipants, whatever their age or taste. To do this we need to plan for a buffet feast, rather than a fixed menu. Lots of small courses (like a tapas), where they can eat as much or as little as they like, but know that there will be more to come. That way everyone is able to take part and encounter God, feasting on his word together but in different ways.

Plan all age services like a buffet chef.

Buffet Chef: your role

As service leaders it is you role to be a creative buffet chef, preparing a menu for your congregation to feast upon together. Here are some tips to help you achieve this. Remember you can also book Mark to train your team to plan for more effective all age and family services.

KISS keep it simple stupid

K.I.S.S.

The golden rule of All Age Worship is… K.I.S.S. (Keep it simple stupid)

Keep to one central message throughout your service. Base your song choices, readings, talks and prayer on this theme. That way everyone will receive the message several times throughout the service.

Bring the Bible to life by retelling it - Mark Harrington

Don't Just Read The Bible ... Tell It!

As service leaders it is you role to be a creative buffet chef, preparing a menu for your congregation to feast upon together. Here are some tips to help you achieve this. Remember you can also book Mark to train your team to plan for more effective all age and family services.