A significant presence in the Auburn Community as the site of many weekday activities, and home to other organizations, Pakachoag Church nonetheless has experienced what many other established churches have in recent years, namely a significant decline in what it defines as its core membership, and along with that, a much lessened interest in traditional Sunday morning participation.
In keeping with its innovative and forward-looking reputation, the Church has responded to this changing environment by launching an intergenerational, informal and non-denominational, family-friendly service on the first Sunday of each month. While housed in the Great Hall at the Church’s home at 203 Pakachoag Street, and utilizing the renowned Dobson organ and resident musical resources of the Church, these services are anything but hushed occasions when the congregation sits passively at attention. They are occasions when children can wander freely, and adults relax for an experience in which all can participate.
These services launched in February, with a theme “Souper Bowl of Caring.” The children actually made corn bread as part of a learning experience about bread, and learned how it is used in communion. The March 6 event theme is the Lenten journey, with five stations set up that represent places the Jesus visited. The children will “catch fish” at Capernaum, experience a tempest on the Sea of Galilee, fetch water at the well where Jesus met the Samaritan woman, cross the Jordon, and end their journey at Jerusalem.
The Church is delighted already to have had the participation and support of several of the families whose children are enrolled at “Mighty Oaks Montessori School,” an independent toddler and children’s house program located at the Church.
As part of this larger effort to relate traditional Christian values to the contemporary world, Pakachoag Church is also planning on launching an Arts, Religion, and Social Values program that will include classroom events for children and adults, and a series of presentations on subjects of vital contemporary concerns to the larger community. The Church invites public feedback about program ideas, activities, or ideas for public forums of interest.
The service on March 6 at 10:00 a.m., at 203 Pakachoag Street, is open to all. Please keep up with Pakachoag Church on Facebook or at www.pakachoag.org.