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Congregation Composition

The morning congregation is of very mixed ages and background ranging sometimes from young children (who usually go out for the main part of the service unless it is a All Age Service),  and teenagers/young adults in their 20s to their 80s. The total size of the congregation generally comprises between about 12 and 20. There are few in the congregation with a traditional "Methodist" background.


Sunday Morning Format

The notices and welcome are given at the beginning and is usually followed by a worship session led by the music group usually comprising three songs which they have chosen. 

The children/young people (if any as sometimes there are none) usually go out after the initial worship session but can be retained for a "talk" if desired.

A short vesper is sung at the very end - the period in between the worship session and the vesper is for the preacher use as they feel led by the Lord. You do not need to be conventional if you want to try something different. Please bear in mind that the worship time usually  involves 3 songs so chosing another 2 or 3 will usually suffice if the service is otherwise fairly conventional.


Crèche, Children and Young People

After the end of the initial worship younger members of the congregation go out for activities which run in parallel with the 11am Sunday service.

Hymns and Praise Books
  

We have a music group and a congregation with a relatively young average age compared with most churches in the Circuit. As it ceased to be our  main source of music many years ago, there is a risk that all but the best known hymns from Hymns & Psalms may be little known.

The Church Steward/Organist is happy to assist in the choosing of the music, particularly if there are concerns about whether or not items are known by the Congregation. Another option is to provide a theme and we will pick a selection which should fit.

The church uses projection almost exclusively now during the services.  The only exception is in the rare event that the words are not covered by our CCL copyright license in which case, only the printed books can be used. This tends to be a problem sometimes with hymns dating from the 1950s & 60s and just a few more recent ones, again advice can be provided.


We are able to project nearly all of the songs in
Songs of Fellowship 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 and other newer songs under the CCL copyright license and older hymns don't have copyright constraints.

The church uses a keyboard which is very flexible and can mimic most instruments as well as sounding like a piano oor church organ. It can also play midi files either from disk or by linking it to a computer.  LCD projection is always used for displaying the words under the CCL copyright license. This covers the vast majority of songs that are likely to be used but there a few notable  exceptions including Make me a channel of Your peace, I the Lord of sea and sky, Blessed be the name of the Lord and I am the bread of life.

Regrettably, the organist only plays by ear so it may not be possible to use totally unknown songs unless a suitable midi file can be found beforehand or others in the music group are able to learn and practice them well in advance. For this reason at least 4 days notice of what is wanted is appreciated.


Bibles

Copies of the New International Bible are provided to the congregation. 



A-V Resources

The following are readily available to assist:-

LCD Projector
Computer
VHS tape Player
DVD/CD Player

Power Point (.ppt, .pptx), Open Office (.odp) presentations are generally supported. 
If you want to use vidoes from YouTube, if you give us the web page provided when you click on "share", we can download it for use in the service. We can cope with most video formats.

If you want any text or pictures put up on the screen please email these through in advance to ken.burgin@EastingtonMethodists.org.uk.


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