Rev. Christina Braudaway-Bauman, Kajsa Teitelbaum, Lilly Scholars
Julie Griffiths, Congregational Representative
Congregational Project: To respond to a desire to worship across generations, experiment with forms of intentionally intergenerational, multi-sensory worship. First Congregational is located in Boulder, Colorado.
Because our congregation sees worship as the center of our life together, is deeply committed to sustaining and strengthening a vibrant music program and has expressed a longing to worship in new ways across generations, we hope to experiment with forms of intentionally intergenerational, multi-sensory worship over the next 18 months, in order to grow in faith together.
Our plan is to launch a dinner church worship service, once a month on Saturday evenings. Eucharist will sit at the center with a meal shared at round tables in Plymouth Hall, our fellowship hall. We imagine the service as a sensory rich experience – full of music, lovingly worded liturgy, a short sermon, good food, and faith conversations at tables, in a visually beautiful setting.
Our aim – to create rich worship experiences that work well for 5, 15, and 75-year-olds – is in keeping with the mission of our congregation to be a progressive Christian community committed to faith as a journey, compassionate service, and an inclusion of all. We see this new worship service as an opportunity to extend Christ’s table, taking beloved practices of worship and music and communion and exploring new ways to experience them across generations so that our faith and community may be formed in new ways.
On Saturday, 5 January, 2019, a unique Epiphany service/dinner church was held, intentionally intergenerational and multi-sensory. Click here for the service folder. See gallery below of the evening.