Setting God’s People Free for… Monday to Saturday (as well as Sunday!) offers seven small shifts that will make a big difference to the way we worship, pray and support each other in our everyday faith. Whether your regular gathering is on a Sunday, or another time in the week, these seven ideas have proved helpful to churches of all sizes and traditions.
Changing our conversations is one of the quickest ways to change the direction of our culture. This can all start with us being more curious and interested in each other’s lives away from church gatherings and unconnected to church roles. Use our postcard resources to help get your church talking!
Visiting a church member in their workplace, at the project where they volunteer, or the college canteen, is a powerful way to encourage a culture of everyday faith. Anyone can be involved in visiting, not only clergy and lay ministers, and you also don’t need an excuse!
Our regular intercessions are the most obvious moment for praying for people in particular sectors, week by week, or for occupations or school activities that people in your church are in. Why not try to work through successive letters of the alphabet – for example, ‘D’ is for dad, driver, dentist, dancer, designer, and so on. Our postcard resources will help make this task easier!
This Time Tomorrow is an interview with someone in a congregation in a Sunday or midweek service, for two or three minutes, about where they will be this time tomorrow. It doesn’t have to be people in big jobs and, to begin with, probably shouldn’t. Make sure you include children and young people, too. TTT is a small step than really does make a big difference.
Notice boards tell the congregation and visitors what’s seen to be important. What’s there? Information about church-based activities? Always. Information about mission activities and partners? Sometimes. Why not include a map of where the congregation spend time during the week? And get people involved to help provide pictures and prayer points.
Many churches commission people for ministries in the church but it’s enormously powerful to also commission people for ‘ministries’ beyond the church: for people changing jobs, or taking up new responsibilities in the community, or starting the school or university year, or moving into retirement.
If you’re involved in preaching, be deliberate in thinking through and connecting with the everyday contexts of your listeners. Most people are involved in preaching as those hearing sermons. Our feedback can also be helpful. When someone makes a relevant link to everyday faith that has made a difference, encourage them with this insight!
The printed resources for Setting God’s People Free for… Monday to Saturday (as well as Sunday!) will help you and your church to identify and implement the small shifts that will make a big difference.
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This resource has been written by Mark Greene from LICC. Mark and his team have been working around the issue of whole life discipleship and faith in everyday life for a number of years. All the ideas in this booklet have been road-tested in a variety of different churches across the traditions of the Church of England.