Intergenerational Worship

By Pastor Harlan Moore

What does it look like to be an intergenerational church? It’s one of our focuses at BFC. We see it happening in many areas of ministry, including Worship Arts.

Tonight’s Exaltation service of Christmas worship in music is a great example. Singers include elementary students, young adults, mid-adults, and senior adults. The blending of ages brings great vitality and energy to the more “seasoned” and the benefit of learning from experienced adults to our youngest.

The orchestra also has room for all ages. Where else can you find middle school students who are 2 to 4 years into their instruments sitting next to veteran adults and a number of professional players who have played for decades? Each of them is making a significant contribution to our worship each week, as well as for special evenings like Exaltation.

Several of our student players are recognized across the state for the skills they have developed—players like violist Noah Bowles, who is first chair in the Oklahoma All State Orchestra for the third year, and tenor sax player Sam Vaughn, who was selected for the Oklahoma Youth Jazz Ensemble. These and a number of other student orchestra members have a “place at the table” in leading worship with their gifts and talents.