Just imagine. You arrive at church. It is not a conventional church building but a school. You are shown into a classroom while your children are shown into the hall (older ones) or a crèche.
In the classroom you are welcomed and led through a short visual liturgy using PowerPoint slides and music from an MP3 player. There is a chance to praise, confess and meditate.
After half an hour you are welcomed into the hall by the children who are, under supervision, serving you coffee and cakes in a café style whilst engaging you in conversation.
After fifteen minutes the children, leaving a skeleton staff to serve refills, leave to play games and you enter into a Bible study activity around the tables discussing the next passage in the series on Acts you are studying. You have the option, at any time, of returning to one of the classrooms to pray, either alone or in groups.
This 'service' ends with notices and thanks after 75 minutes.
Well if you've finished imagining let me tell you that this was reality for the 63 of us at Trendlewood today and it was a delight. And the biggest joy of all is that this was not the imposition of some maverick leader trying to change the behaviour of a community. This service arose out of desire and practicality. This was what the community wanted to do today. Even those who prefer worship to be different, engaged fully, as far as I could tell.