9. I learned that…You need to have enough space.
The church were I worship isn’t one of those big city churches with sprawling, cavernous basements, a huge sanctuary and off the charts heating bills. And this is a good thing. But one thing I’ve learned is that another service (and more staff) means more space.
Didn’t see that coming.
And space, how we share and use, has been a stressor.
When you go and add 50 more adults and 40 more children, you are going to need to talk about space. No one really expected, I think, what would come of another service, and so we never really discussed it.
But we do now. There was one stretch where it came up at pretty much every meeting!
Now we know that it’s hard to have Communion at both services at the same time because the kitchen is cramped with Communion cups and coffee filters.
Now we know that it’s hard to keep separate classes for all the kids because adult education also needs to happen somewhere.
Now we know that it’s important to maintain a Nursery – we have babies!
Now we know we need a Space Committee (one of our most popular – enrolment is out of this world), and do.
Note for next time: talk space!