Young­sters lead the ser­vice as church el­ders take a pew

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

CHURCH el­ders took their seats as young­sters took over the ser­vice at Tyther­ing­ton Fam­ily Wor­ship Church.

Preach­ers, lead­ers and read­ers be­tween the ages of 12 and 15 planned and led the spe­cial ser­vice with the theme ‘count­ing your bless­ings’.

The aim was to do some­thing up­lift­ing and dif­fer­ent to show how bless­ings can be shared.

As mem­bers of the church’s Fu­sion Youth Group, the young­sters wel­comed ev­ery­one ‘air host­ess’ style, point­ing out the ex­its to the con­gre­ga­tion and ad­vis­ing that their ‘life pre­servers’, their bibles, were un­der their seats.

Flo Cooper and Sophie Cartwright led the ser­vice, with Alexan­der Bow­maker and Lee Hod­kin­son tak­ing charge of the prayers and read­ings.

There was also a pre­sen­ta­tion by Elise Bow­maker and Chloe Bar­ber, fol­lowed by a lively ser­mon pre­sented by all four girls.

Ap­plause re­sounded through­out the church as the young­sters read out the care­fully pre­pared scripts and ser­mons they had all worked on to­gether.

Bob Bow­land, church el­der, said: “It was ab­so­lutely amaz­ing and so in­spir­ing. The whole ser­vice was planned and led by our young peo­ple.

“It was dif­fer­ent, funny and at the same time amaz­ingly spir­i­tual and sen­si­tive, leav­ing the whole con­gre­ga­tion deeply moved.

“The young­sters also chose all the mu­sic, which was re­ally lively and up­lift­ing.

“Their theme was ‘count­ing your bless­ings’ and we are cer­tainly count­ing ours, they were great.”

The young ser­vice lead­ers en­joyed the role re­ver­sal too.

Bob said: “They were a bit ner­vous but felt fine once they started and had lots of praise and en­cour­age­ment from the whole con­gre­ga­tion.

“They said they’d def­i­nitely do it again.”

●● Lee Hod­kin­son lead­ing the prayers with Flo Cop­per and Sophie Cartwright at Tyther­ing­ton Fam­ily Wor­ship Church

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