In a few weeks, St. John’s will have our second PRAYground service. PRAYground is a monthly worship service for all ages, and it will be an essential part of our worship and formation life together this fall. The concept is simple: to host a time of fellowship and outreach, concluded with the Eucharist. In July, youth painted baffles for Habitat for Humanity and in August, will pack care packages for our college-bound students. In July, families gathered and shared in conversation over picnic dinners, and we reflected on righteousness and peace, accompanied by guitar and a variety of musical instruments played by our youngest leaders.
PRAYground is an experiment, born out of the desire to have a time of worship and gathering that reflects an important truth: that all of us, regardless of age or experience, are made in the image of God, and we all have something to contribute in our church community. As time goes on, this may involve different roles and responsibilities that allow all to share their gifts. For now, we are focusing on using it as a time to gather—or regather!—together outdoors in groups, and worship as one. In the fall, PRAYground will be a central meeting space for members of EYC (we’ll have a special EYC kick-off on September 19th—more to come soon!), and our Creation Care Committee co-chairs have been dreaming up something for the whole parish for October’s PRAYground. If you are part of a fellowship group at the parish, consider using PRAYground as a time to meet with your group—share a picnic together outdoors, and then join the whole community for worship afterwards!
As a church, community, and country, we’re dealing now with questions we hoped we’d never have to ask again: what will the fall look like? How do we balance safety and socializing? While we don’t know the answers to all of these questions, PRAYground gives us—regardless of age—a relatively safe opportunity to gather. Whatever comes in the fall, PRAYground will be essential to our worshiping life together. I invite you to join us on August 15th: bring a picnic, invite a friend, and come be a part of this new thing that God is doing amongst us.