This article summarizes some of the frequently asked questions about One Church.
All questions are answered by leaders or pastors in the Church in the Culture Center.
Questions about worship and translation / language are answered by Service Pastor Stephanie Lund, Responsible for the services and tranlationsteams.
Why will the upcoming common service be in both English and Danish? Will there be a day when it will be only in English?
The service will be both in English and Danish because we are a Danish- multicultural church. Many of our attendees are Danish-speakers, and the very young and
very old do not speak much English at all. We want to be sensitive to that. At this time, there is not a plan in place to start an English-only service. Our focus is to be One Church.
I miss diversity on stage e.g. with regards to ethnicity - will this change?
That is our goal. Our desire is to reflect many cultures from the platform. We are working toward having a more diverse worship choir, service leaders, etc.
What are your thoughts on live translation on everything? Your thoughts on how it will affect the message and the (and my patience and concentration)
The decision to do live translation every Sunday was a very intentional one. We live in Denmark, and so we wanted to keep the hosting country’s language at the
forefront, while also recognizing many internationals have English as a common language. We plan to provide the best of both languages each Sunday (in addition to
offering simultaneous translation in Thai, Spanish and Russian through our Personal Listening App).
In making sure that the message is communicated clearly, it is crucial that we have quality translators each and every Sunday, which is why we are building a translation team and
developing people’s gifts as translators.
As a native English speaker, I will say that I enjoy live translation. In fact, I find it a useful way to learn more Danish when I hear both languages. For some, it may be a challenge to
concentrate, but our goal is to fully include as many languages as possible in the service.
How will child dedication be done in One Church?
Child dedications will be held once each quarter, just like baptism. Families who want to dedicate their children can sign up and a pastor will be connected with them to bless their child or children on that day.
Is it’s going to be like SUPER SUNDAY?
Not exactly, but Super Sunday is merely the closest thing we can equate it to at this time. Our goal is to move toward a service that celebrates cultural and
generational diversity in what we do. We are working with a Culture Sounding Board to set the specific success criteria for what a diverse service will look like.
What time will the service start, and how will it look?
The new service will most likely begin at 11:00am, after Bible School and the Creative Lab at 10:00am. We are still working out the specifics of the service, espicially in
terms of the creative elements, but it will involve a worship choir, bilingual service leading and preaching in English and Danish. We are installing a number of translation booths in
the back of the Main Hall for other languages spoken in the church (Thai, Spanish, and Russian, to name a few). People can access these additional languages through our
Personal Listening App.
Questions about Katsj kids Church and CreativeLab are answered by Amy Hill, Kids church pastor
What about our children? When and how do u information them of this new changes? Will they also speak Danish in heaven.
KATSJ will continue to provide children’s church with a program that is relevant for our various age groups. We would appreciate if parents, who are our strongest partners, would help keep the children up- to-date about the One Service plan in order to help support the information that the KATSJ volunteers are also providing to the children. The children have been use to being together for Super Sundays where they have been enriched by spending time together across cultures so KATSJ is joyfully looking forward to uniting our departments.
KATJS has always had a major focus on integration, as we have been working with children from different cultures and linguistic backgrounds during our gatherings. We have worked with multi-lingual children throughout many years, and experience shows us that Danish is the language that most children attending KATSJ children’s church have in common. This is due to the fact that the common denominator for the children is that they are all experiencing their childhood in Denmark here and now.
Our primary language in the children’s church is, therefore, Danish. We will always help Children who do not speak Danish with translation in order for them to feel as included as everyone else and to thrive in KATSJ.
What will you do to invest in the kids?
KATSJ is excited to reveal that our volunteers are in the process of being trained in a new story-telling method called ‘Head, Heart, and Hands’, a method developed by Børn&Tro. This method will be implemented when we launch 1 Service and equips us with a method which can communicate a clear message to children of a variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
As always KATSJ is attentive to the cognitive and emotional development of the children so our curriculum for 1 service is naturally age specific and reflects specific themes connected to the various levels of children’s faith development. Our curriculum plan for the season starting at 1 Service will be available for families in October.
KATSJ will also be upgrading its facilities this season. Not only is our playground being fully renovated, but our Nano Group will be expanding to the facilities of Lygten Kindergarten. Nano Group looks forward to having more space for the benefit of both the children and the coworkers. And for the sake of all the children, we look forward to using our fantastic playground for an even more active program.
How will the church handle the different languages the children speak in the children’s church? Will there be Danish groups and English speaking groups?
KATJS has always had a major focus on integration, as we have been working with children from different cultures and linguistic backgrounds during our gatherings. We have worked with multi-lingual children throughout many years, and experience shows us that Danish is the language that most children attending KATSJ have in common. This is due to the fact that the common denominator for the children is that they are all experiencing their childhood in Denmark here and now. Our primary language in KATSJ children’s church is, therefore, Danish, Our primary language in the children’s church is, therefore, Danish. We will always help Children who do not speak Danish with translation in order for them to feel as included as everyone else and to thrive in KATSJ.
Questions about Connect and Info is answered by Pastor Nick Hansen and Phenyo Sebonego, Leader of the info and service team.
What if I don’t know that many people from the other churches - then what do I do now? Who can help me get to know the people?
We have several potential opportunities for networking and getting to know each other closely, something that we highly recommend as a family. Below are some of the avenues;
a) Involvement in Life Groups email@example.com : These are groups of anybody’s choice, meeting at different loations during the week. Through these groups members get encouragement & support from fellows as well as getting to know each other better and develop friendships much faster.
b) Getting involved and/or assissting in differrent ministries/activities in the church such as Children’s ministry firstname.lastname@example.org , Youth email@example.com , Ushering firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com , Friends & Family, Voluntering firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com and helps firstname.lastname@example.org , depending on your abilities, desires and God’s call in your life.
c) Signing up for activities such as #dinnersforfriends where you can either be hosting dinner for members you do not know or being hosted.
What is being put in place to make sure that it’s all inclusive in terms of serving for the volunteers in the international church
There are two options of getting through into volunteering service by either expressing your desire to the serving team itself or reaching out to the Volunteers’ Coordinator - Pastor Sam at email@example.com. We encourage volunteer services as a platform not only to get the ministry going but as a sign of ownership by members into what is going on in the house and a great networking opportunity. This opportunity to serve is indiscriminatory nor impartial but very welcoming to whosoever member in the house willing to use their passion, skills, competencies and giftings to advance what God is planning about His Church.
Serving in different churches such as international, Danish and Thai, is currently a temporary arrangement that will cease on Sunday October 28, 2018 when all these Church services will be meeting as one and all volunteers working as a team. Developments are currently underway to develop a one and united functioning team.
How can I as a newcomer find a place in this church? Especially when you're getting this new system?
The starting point is signing into Discover Church classes where you will be introduced to the Church, its operations and where-how you can get involved. Announcements on when the classes will be on will continually be offered. Additionally, a help desk – “Info booth” will be introduced in the next coming weeks for provide information on all relevant issues.
Spørgsmål om Livsgrupper er besvaret af Esther Rugholm, Netværkspræst
What will happen to life groups?
We have more than 60 life groups in the church across age, language and gender, and they will be an important part of our ONE SERVICE culture and one of the most important keys to growth. As a result, we are continuously training new leaders to start new life groups. Many life groups contains a mix of cultures which reflect our church and city - and what we enter more into with ONE CHURCH. For several years we have had Danes who want to join an English-speaking group and multilingual foreigners who would like to be in a Danish group, and that will still be possible, but we will continue with life groups in Spanish, Danish, English, Thai, Russian as well as the possibility to represent several other languages.
If you have questions that has not yet been answered, please send them to this mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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