As part of our commitment to celebrating intergenerational worship, I’d like to introduce a couple of new practices.
First, we have started intentionally seeking out worship elements that may speak to the primary-age youth (we are also working on ways to provide leadership and participation opportunities for the senior youth). We started last week with a responsive reading that specifically included them, but we are planning more activities for the future.
Second, we have decided to involve them in the offering. Every week in worship during the offering, we will have youth running around with coffee cans for your loose change. This offering will go to our quarterly mission focus. In Q1, this is the Ankeny BackPack Program, which partners with schools to send backpacks full of food home with students who are facing food security issues at home. Come and make a joyful noise!