29 January 2007

Love it or hate it - what do you think about church worship?

Is your church worship dull? It is lively? Is it stuck in the past, or is it so far into the future that only the very young enjoy it? Whatever the answer, The Methodist Church wants to know, and wants you to tell it to the camera.

As part of its upcoming Heart Of Worship event, the Church wants people to send in short video clips saying what they like or dislike about worship. The clips will be complied into a presentation to be shown at the event, which takes place in Llandudno on 4-7 May. Some places are still available for the event.

'We want as many people to send in clips as possible,' says the Revd Michaela Youngson, Methodist Secretary for Pastoral Care and Spirituality and one of the organisers of Heart Of Worship. 'And we want people to be brutally honest about what they like or dislike. Heart of Worship aims to encourage those who preach and lead worship to improve services, and there is no harm in seeing what people currently think. It will be challenging to us all, but that is good. And we hope as many people as possible will come to be challenged, to learn and to share.'

Clips can be taken from any source, from expensive video cameras down to camera phones. 'People's honest opinions matter more than the technical quality' says Michaela, 'and we want to hear from the widest range of ages, locations and backgrounds. Worship is at the heart of Christian life, and we should not be afraid to change whilst retaining the best of the past. This year we celebrate Charles Wesley's 300th birthday, and the enduring popularity of his hymns has a lot to teach us. But there are also so many great new ideas to share when we gather in May. Through the video clips we want people who can't join us in Llandudno to make their voices heard as well.'

Notes and links:

1) Video clips should be no more than one minute in length, and people can send as many as they want. They should be sent to Keith Brews, Reelife, Laverick Hall, Halton, Lancashire, LA1 2PW or by email to keith@reelife.org.uk

2) Heart of Worship takes place at the Venue Cymru, Llandudno, on 4-7 May 2007. More information, including a full programme and a booking form can be found at Heart of Worship 2007

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