- Understanding how children/young people experience church.
You will require
- An empty church building (prefereably the one in which you usually meet!)
What to do
- Gather centrally in the church.
- Explain that you're going to ask questions and instead of saying the answer, you want people to move to the answer.
- Emphasise that there are no right or wrong answers but they might need to think what is the right answer for them.
- After each response, gather back centrally and tease out why the children/young people went to the place they chose.
- It might be helpful to have someone record any key findings or suggestions
- Reflect - what have you learned? How might that feed in to what you (or the church) do? Who can help things change?
- Where might the Bible be read?
- Where might people pray?
- Where is your favourite place?
- Where do you feel left out?
- Where do you feel closest to God?
- Where do you feel welcomed?
- Where would you like to change something?
- Where could things be done differently?
- Where would you like to be involved?
Do things differently
- Give participants digital cameras and ask them to photograph their answers. Together create a presentation called 'Our Church' to show to the PCC or congregation.