This month, Mars Hill has been doing their weekend gatherings family style. As best as I can tell, that means that children aren’t going to their own classes, but staying with their families, and the service has been tweaked to connect with all ages. This past weekend Rob Bell co-taught with some of the children’s staff. They did a good job of teaching in a way that would provide value and meaning for different ages. (For those of you who don’t listen to Rob’s teachings every week…well…you should.)
Churches need to find more ways to keep families together for community experiences like this. It’s probably not best to do something like this every week, but I’m not convinced of that. Perhaps the sermon can go to the same lengths and depths this way, but I would imagine the interactions that happen in an intentional family could be quite valuable.