Author: Dueckman, Amy
Date published: September 5, 2011
A worship group designed expressly for young adults is operating in Abbotsford, a cooperative effort of several different churches, including Level Ground Mennonite.
"Well worship night," which began last September, ministers to the post-high school age group, a demographic whose members can find themselves in flux once they graduate from high school and traditional youth groups.
In addition to Level Ground, cooperating congregations include Immanuel Baptist, Bakerview Mennonite Brethren, Central Heights Mennonite Brethren and Sevenoaks Alliance.
The group meets on the last Monday of every month for a time of worship, including speaking and singing, followed by a group discussion.
Level Ground, which has an active young adult group, has found that "Well worship night" has been a good follow-up to the Rethink Café ministry, a coffeehouse discussion group which no longer functions.
According to Dan Loewen, pastor at Level Ground, the cooperation between the different denominations is valuable. A joint committee of representatives from the various churches plans the worship evenings, taking turns hosting the event as well. "They try to mix up people from different churches in the discussion time," Loewen says.
Laura Auxier, a Level Ground young adult who has attended "Well worship night," believes denominational differences are less important for her generation. "It's great to be part of a bigger community with unity under Christ," says Auxier.
A recent gathering drew about 50 people, but Auxier hopes that the word spreads and more will attend in the future. "I'm looking forward to seeing where this leads," she says.
BY AMY DUECKMAN