Thursday, July 18, 2013

Joy in Joyful Noise at St. Paul's Memorial Church

One of the great things that we have done at St. Paul's Memorial Church in the last year is to pilot the Joyful Noise service during the 10am service.  At 10, young people, their parents, and anyone else, are welcomed to join us in the Lounge where we have a service that is oriented toward those who want lively music, a brief homily, and prayers focussed on the the young and the young in heart.  This service was piloted at the end of the summer of 2012 and I was so glad to plan and implement this with our previous director of youth and family ministries, the Rev. Stacy Williams Duncan.  Since then, our Associate Rector, the Rev. Dr. Heather Warren has taken over the Sunday-to-Sunday leadership of our Joyful Noise service and I am so grateful for both Stacy's good work to get this started and also Heather's good work to continue to develop this wonderful service.

When I came to St. Paul's in the summer of 2012, I was so hopeful that we could create a youth and family-oriented service, and I had led something similar back at Emmanuel Church, Greenwood, which is a thriving service that we called "Children's Worship."  The St. Paul's iteration of this service has taken its own form, consistent with the way that St. Paul's does church.  It is a true joy to me that this service has developed this year and is a wonderful development that will continue to grow and evolve in its own way.

~The Rev. Peter M. Carey


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