Sunday mornings at Federated, get ready to RISE! Church Council’s Task Force for Re-Imagining the Sunday Experience gathered reactions to five prototypes for re-imagining a worship experience that opens our doors and horizons to new light. Beginning in December and throughout this program year the congregation will float possibilities in action.
At February’s Annual Meeting, a goal to “Re-Imagine the Sunday Experience” set up a team and spun the wheels in motion. The charge was to imagine the kind of worship experience that responds to the needs of a younger generation and that cultivates a rich sense of the presence of God in fresh and relevant ways. Using tools for design thinking, members of the task force hosted input sessions across the summer, designed bare-bones prototypes to spur active feedback from our staff and congregants, and then analyzed the information gathered along the way to discover trends, needs and passions.
We stand ready to breathe life into the favored and viable features to test-run a model, play with ideas and possibilities, and continue to innovate, tweak and refine across the year.
Throughout November, even as we re-enter our newly renovated 76 Bell Sanctuary, we will continue a united worship at 10 am. Then, starting the First Sunday in Advent (December 2) we will dedicate two distinct worship times and styles. Our traditional worship will run 10-11 am, with the richness and invitational welcome of our Federated Choirs and Sunday School. Then from 11:30 am-12:15 pm, we offer “Rise to Shine” to shine God’s light in spirited, eclectic and relevant worship, featuring excellent music and participation alongside an enriching sermon.
We encourage the congregation’s participation, input and promotion of “Rise to Shine” to friends and family to help Federated move toward God’s promising and thriving future at Federated “for this generation and the next.”
Spirited. Relational. Relevant.
Come: let’s grow a church with soul and spirit…together!