Church 28 – a lively, engaging and innovate service led by St Michael’s and All Angels, Middlewich
Church@28 is an accessible, innovative, fast paced and informal service. It typically lasts somewhere between 60 and 70 minutes.
Having been launched in 2011, it has continued to go from strength-to-strength with a growing congregation.
So, what happens in a typical service?
Church 28 starts and finishes with a well known congregational hymn, with two slots during the service for more contemporary ‘performed’ music, which also doubles up as a time for quiet reflection.
A newspaper review gives a panel of three people the opportunity to discuss serious and light hearted news content, with a Christian angle developed on at least one story. Within this segment one brave panel member takes on the ‘two minute challenge’ – to review a story in two minutes, knowing that the buzzer will sound when the time is up…
In addition, the service incorporates a time of prayer, a short bible reading and an accessible talk / message known as the ‘five minute spotlight’ – it looks at a different topic each month.
In the centre of the service is a 15-20 minute interview. The person being interviewed is encouraged to share stories of their life, how their faith started, how it has subsequently developed and how they have witnessed God to be at work in the times of joy and moments of struggle. It also gives a chance to discover what work or projects people are currently involved in.
The service is aimed at everyone – sceptics, seekers, doubters and believers. Whilst many Church regulars attend, it has proved a particularly welcoming and accessible format for those coming to Church for the first time or those coming back after a long period of absence.