We’ve got an opportunity to solve a problem here at East Memphis. A good problem that has come with numeric growth since last summer. God has begun filling us up with a bunch of folks. But if you come on a Sunday and you get here by 10:05 you are parking a long, long, long ways away.
Several times during this Fall we hit maximum capacity for Fellowship Kids. There were a couple of age groups specifically we had to turn parents away.
So we’re looking at possibly going to two services here at East Memphis on January 28th.
We would dissolve the 10:00 a.m. service and we would go to a 9:00 a.m. and an 11:00 a.m. offering here at East Memphis.
“This will only happen if we get enough serve team volunteers to help us pull this off.”
As a church for over 14 years, we’ve seen and know well the pros and cons of 1 service. And the pros and cons of 2 services. We’ve even done 3 services. As outposts have launched, and facilities changed, we have changed our service times. We’ve gone back and forth between a 1 service and a 2 service format a total of 7 times.
We’re hoping to do several things with this move to 2 services. We’ll do it at least through the summer. Then maybe explore going back to 1 service for the summer. We love that for our serve teams in our kids ministry, they will be able to not just serve during service but also attend a worship service. Serving shouldn’t prevent you from corporate worship here at Fellowship.
Going to a 9:00 and 11:00 format will open up chances at both of those hours to do connection and equipping classes. It will allow seasons of life groups to get together. It will allow for us to both worship on a Sunday morning and connect with some people around the church.
We’re excited about the pros and we’ll deal with the cons. I hope you’ll jump into that with us. Two things we need from you.
1. Pick the service that works best for you and your family.
If you’re up in the air and don’t care I would encourage you to go to the 9:00. One of the things we’ve learned is that when we have a two service format is that most people visit at the 11:00. It’s easier to grow an 11:00 service. So we’d love to encourage folks to attend the 9:00 and open up opportunities for visitors at the 11:00.
2. I hope you’ll consider serving with one of our serve teams.
We would love as many people as possible to just be here on Sunday mornings worshiping a service serving a service. We need at least 25 children’s workers to work one service once a month.
And then we need another 8 to 10 folks that help with production Communion. We need you to help us on lights and soundboards and all that good stuff.
If we don’t have the serve teams, then it won’t happen. But we believe it will. We believe there’s plenty of horsepower here at Fellowship Memphis.
Not only do you help us when you serve on a Sunday morning, but also it’s one of the best-kept secrets about our serve teams. It’s the best way to connect with people and to get to know some folks in and around Fellowship.
Let me add this. I’d love for some of our mothers of young kids to not fill any of those roles. I would love for some of the most tired among us (those with young kids) to be able to just come to church on Sunday morning.
So let me add a kind of friendly challenge. If you don’t have kids, you’re an empty nester or you’ve got older kids, I want to encourage you to serve with Fellowship Kids.
This will let our moms with young kids come worship and trust their kids to great folks. Those moms can come worship or take a nap on the back row or whatever they want to do.
So hopefully you’ll help us by serving and get plugged in well here at Fellowship Memphis.