Worship at Haney Church
Worship is a conversation that takes place between God and the congregation. God calls us to worship and is present where we are together in the name of Christ. One of the children lights the Christ candle at the beginning of the service to symbolize God’s presence.
Our worship service is informal and intentionally flexible to express that this is a dynamic conversation. But when you watch carefully you will notice a structure as each service is designed to express four movements in the conversation:
- God calls us to worship and we praise God
- God speaks to us and we listen to God’s Word
- We respond and God hears our prayers
- God sends us with his blessing and we go in faith
Children to the age of 10 are with us for the first part of the service. They participate in the candle lighting, the hymns, readings, and prayers, and leave for Sunday School after a children’s message. Youth 10-15 are encouraged to stay till after the sermon when they leave for sermon discussion.
Our intention is to create as many opportunities as possible where the whole church family (young and old) can worship together. Children are part of the church and they need to worship God as much as adults do. We also want to introduce them to all the different aspects of worship so that they learn over time to participate meaningfully in the whole service.
On Sundays when we have family services, children stay in the service and do not go to Sunday school.
We celebrate the sacrament of communion on the first Sunday of October, December, February, April, June, and August, as well as on Maundy Thursday.
Children can participate in communion under the supervision of their parents.
On Sundays we are served by the elders in the pews, and we serve each other as we pass along the elements. On Maundy Thursday we come forward and receive communion by intinction (we break a piece of bread from the loaf and dip it in the juice).
A group of people gather at 9:30 on Sunday mornings in the minister’s study to pray for God’s blessing on the service and Sunday School.