CARDINGTON INFORMATION FOR LOCAL PREACHERS / VISITING MINISTERS
Service time: Normally 10.30am 2nd Sunday. Hybrid 6.00pm other Sundays
Congregation size: Number about 12 – 15 in church plus those on zoom (3 – 5) (Ages 6 mths – 90 yrs!)
Children & young people: 2 – 4 children aged 0 – 3 yrs in the service
Hymn Books: Complete Mission Praise, Singing the Faith. All words projected. We are happy to attempt 'other' hymns/songs, if words and music are provided in advance
Music: Organ, guitar, violin, cello
Worship Leaders: No
Lectionary expected: No
Congregational involvement: Can provide readers and lead prayers of intercession by arrangement. Drama possible with advance notice
Lord's Prayer: Any version, but we do have a ‘Cardington’ version
Contact with preacher: Steward contacts by email a week prior to the service, requesting relevant information by the Thursday before the service
Orders of service: Will be printed for readers/others taking part
Offering: No offering taken during service. Plate at the door on leaving but most people give by direct debit. A prayer of dedication of gifts is included in the welcome by the steward
Communion arrangements: Seated or standing (no rail); lay people sometimes assist
Sound system: Radio microphones used
Computer: One on site or preacher's own laptop can be plugged in. Songs projected. PowerPoint can be used for words or visuals
WiFi and Internet: Yes
CCLI Licence: 22647, covers for projected/print words and listen to audio.
One License: A-633097
We asked our "XTFEX" members (20-30-year-olds) what they wanted from our services of worship. They said:
A time for meditation where there would be music playing and a time to be reflective on something that has been read/said/discussed. This would be a relaxing time to come away from the stress of the week
Need inspiration! Something to take away from the worship that will be remembered and acted on all week, ie a short statement – “Turning negatives into positives” is something that Eve still remembers from her ‘youth’!
The talk/sermon should be short, 5 – 10 minutes as after this time they ‘switch off’ and that is time lost.
Need to keep to time – they didn’t like services that ran over 1 hour, especially when it got to one and half hours!!
Café style – so that there is time for discussion on the topic/readings
The readings need to be relevant and be linked to life today
Readings on the website in advance of the service, so they could be read before hand and people could come up with questions
Maybe have a topic or a running theme
Have a challenge for the week
If you feel good in a service then you’ve got something out of it, and you are much more likely to pass it on
How much can we influence preachers
Is this something we could do once a month as it would be difficult maybe to do this every week, and also XTFEX could not always make every week, but if they knew which Sunday of the month it would be, then that would be good