A Solidarity of Silence

Krish Kandiah and a silent church service:

Today we had a shorter service at our local church in order to connect in with the townwide act of remembrance. We took the opportunity to do things differently and connect with the global persecuted church. The idea was to use a whole church all age event to help our church experience the essence of church and a deeper connection with the persecuted church.

Church unplugged

We meet in a school and so decided to do a “church unplugged” event which meant no set up.
no projector
no sound system
no chairs (ok I we set up 10 chairs for people
no kids work
no tables
no bibles (!)

The children had got involved with a craft activity the week before so we were able to put up the following “Wanted Posters.” Some had also brought their Bibles to church in disguise…

We spoke only in whispers and even sang our first song in whispers – to connect with those around the world that dare not speak any louder for fear of being discovered. We also met standing up recognising that some Christians have to meet “on the run” or at least ready to run. It gave the service a very different feel, which allowed us to ask questions about what the essential elements of a church service are.

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than fifty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.


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