My congregation does the Time for All Ages a little bit differently – for one thing we don’t call it “Time for All Ages” instead just calling it “Story” – but I believe that we still expect it to be for ALL ages.
Two Sundays ago I chose to lead the congregation in the “UU Hokey Pokey” (you put your open mind in, you take your open mind out, etc.) because the minister’s sermon title was “What if the Hokey Pokey Really Is What It’s All About?”. I didn’t actually think much about it – just sure, this is a good fit, yes, that’s figured out, moving on now …
But afterwards many of the adults of the congregation commented on how much fun that had been. For weeks now they have been mentioning the Hokey Pokey when they see me, and so many just seem delighted by it.
Honestly, I don’t think it meant that much to the kids even. They get to do fun and silly things like that all the time after all. This particular Time for All Ages was a chance for the adults to remember the joy of these childish amusements, perhaps for the kids to enjoy seeing their elders being silly, and for us all to just wave our arms around and laugh together.
Similarly, when I tell the story I don’t call the kids up front and set it apart as something more for them than for everyone else. The story is for everyone, it is part of our worship that is meant for all ages to enjoy, and it should have something in it for everyone to appreciate. This is how we have been doing our time for all ages, and it has been wonderful.
Something for everybody; a time for all ages.