Since starting at The Coign Church I’ve been asked a lot:
“Are we going to change to one Sunday meeting?”
People have talked about the effort it takes to hold two meetings (9am and 11am) and about a desire to be ‘together’ as a church.
Let me answer the question: We are NOT going to change to one meeting.
The reason is simple:
we are too big to fit into one meeting
… which is a nice problem to have 😃
The only way to make it work would be to turn the hall around (long ways), put the band on the stage (which is very high) and stop having tea and coffee after our meetings ☹️☹️☹️
None of these changes would be good, and we would also be so full that it would be like saying (please forgive the strong language):
“We’re okay; Woking can go to hell!”
And that’s not who we are!!! So two meetings is here to stay. I’m praying for a third.
Here are some stats to consider:
- Our 11am meeting is smaller than our 9am meeting, yet still bigger than most churches in the UK – even most Commission churches
- The 9am meeting is pretty much full – which is unusual for a 9am meeting
- The vast majority of children and families come at 9am (90 – 95%)
- The majority of guests come at 11am (inviting guests for 9am on a Sunday is a tough ask)
So when families visit us at 11am – and they do visit us – they’re left wondering where the other families are! It’s a genuine problem and could even stop people coming back!
But most of all, 17 years of church planting has taught me this: Sunday morning is the most evangelistic moment we have! I have seen more people respond to the gospel on a Sunday than at any other time, so in summary:
11am on a Sunday is our most evangelistic moment each week …
… and we’re not maximising it … yet!
If we were starting a church plant or a multisite, some of us would make a personal sacrifice. We would move to start the new thing, saying goodbye to our friends and putting our family into a new context. This is the sort of pioneering opportunity we now have for families at our 11am meeting.
Trail blazers wanted!
We need to grow the number of families at our 11am meeting – which I say again is already bigger than most churches in the UK! It’s a great meeting already, with kids work and youth work running each week, but we need to increase that. Why?
For the sake of the gospel!
For the sake of our town!
For the sake of reaching new people!
We have an opportunity to pioneer something as a church; to grow something that could give us even greater gospel impact. After all – the church exists for the benefit of it’s non-members.
One more thing to be clear about:
We are not trying to diminish or minimise the 9am meeting
It’s a fantastic meeting! It’s great to come to our 9am meeting. For many people that is the optimum time to be with us, and guests come at 9am each week too.
Ultimately, whatever time works for you:
JUST TURN UP! ITS GREAT TO SEE YOU!
Come when you can – Come as you are
And some will read this and feel stirred to make a change, and if that’s you then I look forward to seeing you at 11am. And if we need to make a few adjustments to the kids work to make things work, we can do that.
Any questions? Just ask!