The following is from Pastor Derik Lawrence’s blog. He explains how they handle some of the services during the summer. I know that God has tremendously blessed their church and they have seen real growth. I appreciate any opinion he has and wanted to get your take on this. So read carefully and then submit some comments if you do not mind.
Realizing that others apart from our members read this blog, let me share with you one of the things our people seem to really like. Throughout the summer, weâ€™ll have 4-6 Sundays where we have a 2 PM afternoon service in lieu of our 6 PM service. The following days are usually afternoon services:
Memorial Day-people just usually bring a picnic or go grab a quick lunch at Wendyâ€™s, Burger King, etc
Fatherâ€™s Day-the church usually cooks hamburgers/hotdogs on this day for people to enjoy
July 4th Sunday-sometimes we have a 5PM service followed with a church-wide picnic at a local park pavilion we rent
Pastorâ€™s Anniversary Sunday-this is where we typically have â€œdinner on the groundsâ€
Old Fashion Sunday (Will Atkinsonâ€™s personal favorite)-here is where we have the hayride, tug o war, sack races and other games
There have been other times as well. Our people have really liked the summer change up and I think it is good sometimes to â€œshake it upâ€ a bit. Some have asked about going to all afternoon services during the summer but Iâ€™m not sure that would be the best thing to do. Although I am not entirely opposed to it, here are some of the hesitations that I have for going to all afternoon services in the summer:
We have a GREAT Sunday evening attendanceâ€¦our people are faithful and I wouldnâ€™t want to take away from the preaching/teaching opportunity it is.
For some, the Sunday evening service is the only service they are able to attend because of serving in other ministries or b/c of secular jobs/work.
Itâ€™s a long day for those with children.
The afternoon service seems to be a little more rushed than others.
People have a harder time focusing at that time of day (especially if theyâ€™re used to Sunday afternoon naps)
We would have some folks who just wouldnâ€™t like not having the evening service and we wouldnâ€™t retain them for 2:00
Choir rehearsal time would be greatly hampered and affected.
In our case, I think we would miss quite a few Sunday evening visitors.
Donâ€™t know if we would retain everybody when we went back to the evening services in the fall.
What would the SOL think? (Just kidding)
Could take away from some of the faithfulness of our members (in what ways, Iâ€™m not entirely sureâ€¦maybe just because they wouldnâ€™t look at the 2PM service with the same priority as the 6 PM)
I am very curious of the thoughts/comments from our church members, as well as those from folks who might already have/had afternoon services.