Trinity United Church of Christ in Wooster, Ohio introduced Sunday LIFT (Living in Faith Together) to their congregation this spring, right after Easter. Church leaders hoped LIFT would help get more people involved outside of their worship services and usual Sunday school classes. And it did! Director of Christian Education and the Arts Suzanne Feltner shared, “Many said it was a wonderful time of fellowship and that the activities engaged people of all ages.” Suzanne also said that the curriculum was easy to follow and offered things some people would not normally do, like make a rain gauge, discuss scripture with others, and pray with a small group of people. She said it was helpful to remind the adults that it’s good to get to do new things!
Many who attended do not regularly participate in the church’s Sunday school classes, and they expressed interest in getting together again because of this first LIFT experience. A light meal of meat and cheese trays, chips, fruit salad, and brownies was served. Suzanne felt that having the time of fellowship and a meal was a great way to build community and include some who might not otherwise attend. The gathering included seventh graders through retirees. The people of Trinity UCC liked their Sunday LIFT so much that, in September, they are going to offer it once a month as part of their faith formation.
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