Over the past couple of months, the creative arts team have spent considerable time and energy revamping our weekend services. It has been a challenging but rewarding process that has given us a great foundation from which to build upon in the months to come.
As we spent time thinking through items like new volunteer leader opportunities, we also went back and defined the ‘win’ for our weekend services. We landed on the word “enhance.”
When we consider the visual outcome of weekend services, it’s so easy to focus on the ‘wow factor’.. making sure everything looks great, but miss the main point in the midst of it all.
When we began working on the revamp of our services, the heart behind what we do HAD to be “to create an environment that “enhances” worship of Jesus and the teaching and preaching of God’s Word.” From programming lighting cues to choosing motion backgrounds, we intentionally chose colours, styles, and effects that would complement and enhance the stage and screens, not distract.
We’ve made some great choices and some poor choices on the journey, but through it all, we’ve learnt what works for us as a church. It’s essential to remember to be yourselves. Your church will look different to ours, so try things out, and find the right balance for your setting with the resources, budget, time, volunteers and staff that you have.
It’s so important to remove barriers that stop people connecting with God during the services. For us, this has been simple things like removing music stands from the stage so that the musicians are focused on leading the congregation, not on the paper.
Enhancing, not distracting, is something that can take time to achieve. Things have to be tried and tested, talked through and prayed about, but it’s worth it. Creating a consistent and cohesive experience is so important.
On Sundays, the leader of the lighting team takes the time to walk and down the aisles during rehearsals to make sure the fixtures that have been programmed won’t shine in people’s eyes. The audio leader has mapped out the decibel levels of every area of our auditorium so that we can help people who may struggle with louder sounds to find a place they can be comfortable. The production team have developed a production run sheet that sets the lighting and projection queues for each team. Lighting levels have been set for each point in the service, to once again, help to create an environment that helps people to connect with God.
Most of all, enjoy the process and the journey. God gave us all gifts and everything we do is for him and for his glory. He’s such a creative God, he made the heavens and the earth and we have such a privilege to be able to honour him with our creativity.
We’d love to hear about the ‘win’ for your weekend. Post in the comments below.