We don’t officially launch until October but some church plants do “Preview Services” as a way to get people in the doors and give them an idea of what’s to come and build momentum.
I think we, as a Core Group benefited from the Preview Service more than anyone who attended. There are so many questions that come along with church-planting. Almost everything is unknown. For us, it was great to get an idea, Ok, this is kind of what it’s going to look like. This is how long setup is going to take. This is where we need to be more organized. This is how long the worship team needs to practice, etc. etc.
On Saturday, it took us about 3 hours to set the stage up and all of the sound equipment and instruments. Now that we’ve done it once, I know it will be significantly shorter next time. And then we got there 2 hours early yesterday to set the kids rooms up and the tables/coffee in the foyer. I was done setting the coffee table up in an hour. So, this was nice. I feel like our setup is pretty simple but enough to where it shows people that we care about making things look nice (hopefully).
Anyway, enough blabber. Here are some pictures:
Coffee, hot water and compostable coffee cups that I probably spent way too much time on researching =)
Creams and Sugars
Josh, Andy and Jacob
None of these pictures turned out well because it was dark and I was at the back of the room but it will give you an idea:
Ha! I love that there was a gluten free option =)
At our church in Pacifica, our Pastor would have a member come up every Sunday and share a little about themselves and ways in which we could pray for them. We thought this was such a great way to get to know people you maybe see on a weekly basis but really know nothing about. So, we borrowed the idea.
Kelsey and Josh
It drives me crazy when churches measure their success simply by the amount of people who come to their church. I’m not into that at all. However, I think at the beginning of church planting, you are inevitably a little reliant on numbers and since I’m sure some of you are curious…we had 82 adults in the service and between adults helping with the kids and kids themselves, we had a little over 100 people. This was really exciting! The service went well and we’re already excited for our next preview service in June. Until then, we will continue to meet every other week as a Core Group.