Yesterday I was talking to the kids about how we would be going to Grammy and Pop Pop’s church the next day, and I told them about the other kids who would be there, the toys they could play with, the snack they would have, etc.
Mercy paused after my enthusiastic explanation and asked: “Are we going there to worship?”
While that had been the last thing on my mind as I talked to my young kids, I answered her: “Yes, Mercy. Yes, we are going there to worship.”
I thought back to all of the church-planting training I sat through at various points and realized that the way I went about describing “church” to my kids is a bit like how we were told we should share about our churches in a given community. Upbeat music. Great kids programs. Starbucks coffee.
I remember last summer driving past two churches on the same block and I could not help but notice the stark contrast in their signage. The first was what I have come to expect. Big, colored banners proclaimed: “Come to our Celebration Service at 10am. Contemporary music, relevant teaching, etc….” The second read in simple font: “Weekly Celebration of the Eucharist, 10am”
The first sign, fully of happy fonts and graphics, assured me that I would celebrate, and the word there suggested something like a birthday party with games and cake. The second sign also used the word celebrate, yet with such a different sense as to what that means.