Thursday, January 15, 2015

Thematic Ministry

I'm excited to be doing a new approach to worship and ministry from next month.

It's an American practice to operate "thematic ministry" - this means having a monthly theme which all (or almost all) the worship and religious education revolves around.

It's most useful for our Junior Church as it helps them plan better, but as a preacher I'm also looking forward to how this will develop our worship practice.

So I've developed our themes, largely inspired by All Souls Tusla. There's an article about this here. 

I've tweaked these a bit, and I may still change them in the future as I go along. But at least theoretically I have settled on themes for the next three years (with the idea being they would then cycle around again).

Here they are:


September
Earth

October
Identity and Humanity

November
Peace and non-violence

December
Birth

January 
Healing

February
Love

March
Justice

April
Resurrection

May
Curiosity

June
Oneness




September
God

October
Freedom

November
Death

December
Hope

January
Jesus

February
Prayer

March
Simplicity and Poverty

April
Salvation

May 
Democracy

June
Revelation



September
Science and Reason

October
Hospitality and Community

November
Forgiveness

December
Celebration and Joy

January
The Now

February
The Kingdom of God

March
Equality and Humility

April
Compassion

May 
Vision and Beauty

June
Truth