You may have read the blog post “No Rota at St Mark’s” where we ditched the rota because it excluded children and also those who can’t commit several weeks ahead to come to church on a particular week. Well… we felt that committee meetings have the same problem. The few who are available to turn out at 7:30pm on a particular evening dictate the things that go on in the church and even worse than that is that the children have no say at all.
So on Sunday, after “Apple Day”, we ate our bring-and-share lunch and then planned our services for the next few months.
“What has been good about the services up until now?” asked Alan, who is one of our priests.
The first person to reply was aged eight, “The variety,” she said, “every week we do something different, it’s good.”
Everyone nodded. One of our older members said “This is the first church I’ve been to that feels like a family.”
“Me too,” said several people.
And so the meeting went on, adults and children together expressing their views… Pet Service planned, donkey required for Christmas Eve and the vestry really needs decorating!
I can’t see committees being popular any more at St Mark’s. We’ll plan it all together.