Youth Group birthday weekend once more...the culmination of weeks and weeks of preparation and creativity from members of Koinonia, who'd put together a Eucharist on the theme
"Come together...we are all one in Christ"
We felt that we were going out on a limb with this one a bit. The whole liturgy was led as well as written by the group, and took place within the context of a drama - itself a morning service in the village of "Charlton Queens", where punks and PCC members have come to worship but are, unsurprisingly, not seeing eye to eye.
All the building blocks of the Eucharist were there, but presented rather differently.
For me, the highlights were the silent intercessions, reflecting on images of situations that badly need prayer
The privilege of consecrating and breaking the beautiful loaf that was made during last night's sleepover
And the sheer joy of sharing in singing "We want to see Jesus lifted high" with the kids out front and the congregation sharing in the actions, if not the singing, by way of a recessional.
There were lots of smiley faces at the church door, but also comments on the depth and spirituality of the service.
Thank you, God, for meeting us all this morning, in the anxiety, in the laughter, in one another and in the breaking of the bread.
(mgbf and co - I'll put the rest of the photos on flickr later....a bit rushed now)