Thank you so much @Lakshmismehta for responding. I agree about the longevity of the church. Before our previous pastor retired, I would say we had a more multigenerational group. Now we have a predominantly younger group.
The church began in 1968 and my husband’s Mother and Dad were some of the founding members (and I don’t know if you heard the part of the sermon where the preacher was referring to some of the “older” people, but he actually said: “…and you may even have a plaque with your name on it”. )
My husband’s mother had a S.S. class named in her memory. She died in 1980. One of the deacons gave the plaque to my husband shortly after the new pastor began because the S.S. classes have all been changed into what are called community groups that meet according to the needs of the church, and they make it convenient for those that are unable to make it to Sunday services.
I can definitely understand a need to bend and become a little flexible for a younger generation, but as I run into people in town that have moved on to other churches, I am beginning to feel a little less connected to my church. Many of our friends are attending other churches, and a few are not going any where.
It kind of seems like church is becoming a smorgasbord for worshipping styles. Internet makes it easy to go online and pick and choose before you visit to see which has the best ministries, then the decision comes down to the visit where you choose based on the sermon and music. It reminds me of some of the John Christ youtube videos I’ve seen.
Maybe I’m just a little bitter about the whole situation, but maybe I could just work at some outreach toward an older generation of seekers.
Yes, I love this community and I feel you are living out God’s purpose here. You give a lot of good advice and have definitely encouraged me. Thank you.