Announcing the Table — a new worship service beginning October 12

cupandgrapes[1]We are excited to announce that at its August meeting, our board enthusiastically voted to move forward with the creation of The Table, a new worship service set to begin October 12th. This adds a third option to our already impressive repertoire of Sunday morning worship services, and we believe it will provide an important worship experience for people in the Springfield area. Here are several “questions and answers” that were discussed at our board meeting, which we think will help participants at Brentwood learn more about this exciting new development:

(1) What kind of worship service will the Table be?
The Table will provide a rich, thoughtful, contemporary worship experience centered around the table of Christ’s unconditional love. The Table will have a coffee house atmosphere that lends itself well to reflection, celebration, conversation, community and equality, where all are welcome. While it will be contemporary in style, it will also fit the very best of our congregation’s ethos, values, and vision.

(2) Why a third worship service?
We currently have two very good worship options: One for those who appreciate a classical, traditional style of worship (9:00); and one for those who appreciate a reflective, emerging, “ancient-future” style of worship (11:00). What we don’t offer is a contemporary style of worship, which many people in the Springfield area find quite appealing — indeed, contemporary worship is the most popular style of worship among the most vibrant churches in the area. A contemporary service allows us to connect with a wider demographic, which in turn helps people connect with our vision and values in a meaningful way. Beginning a new worship service also helps promote our congregation in the wider community, which helps serve as an entry point to our congregation’s many ministries, programs, and social justice initiatives.

(3) Who is the Table for?
While people currently involved in our congregation are of course welcome to participate, this service is designed to share good news in a meaningful way with people who are not currently connected to our congregation. In the same way that the Awakening allowed us to connect with many new people when we started it, so too will the Table.

(4) When and where will it be held?
10:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings in the Fellowship Hall (with the exception of third Sunday brunches, in which we will get to know one another around the brunch table and encourage newcomers to visit the 9:00 or 11:00 service on those days).

(5) What about Sunday Schools?
All of our Sunday Schools will continue meeting at the same time. As new people connect through the Table, then they can begin new small groups or Sunday School classes as needed. It’s also possible that newcomers might choose to begin attending the 9:00 or 11:00 service and go to a current Sunday School.

(6) When will the Table begin?
October 12, 2014

(7) What about kids?
As always, children are welcome in worship. We will set up a children’s prayer station area that will be multi-sensory, interactive and family friendly. We will also continue to hold children and youth Sunday School classes during the 10:00 hour. Children’s Worship & Wonder (for three-year-olds through second graders) will continue to be offered during the 9:00 and 11:00 services.

(8) How can I support the Table?
There are a number of ways you can help.
— Planting the seed: To help get the Table off the ground, we are in need of a couple of dozen people to covenant to attend the Table (along with their current worship service if they’d like) for three to six months (by then it should have enough people to sustain itself). If you’d like to do this, please let Emily or Phil know.
— Social Media: We would also appreciate you telling others about the Table, especially by sharing news about it on Facebook and social media.
— Donate KSMU Day Spots: If you are a KSMU sponsor, please consider donating your announcements to Brentwood, which we can use to promote the Table.
— Volunteer: Until we build a base of newcomers, we will need people to help greet, set up, brew coffee, etc., similarly to when we started the Awakening. Again, if you can help in this way, please let Emily or Phil know.

We are excited to be on this journey together and we look forward to the new directions that God is leading us toward! Thanks for your support!