UPDATED OCTOBER 2020
A local arrangement is a funny name for community Sunday Morning Worship where people from the local fellowship arrange the worship themselves. Modern Traditional dictates a Methodist local preacher, a paid member of Methodist society, or a preacher or vicar or such like from another denomination is subcontracted in to the fellowship, with the responsibility of arranging the worship. Things are becoming increasingly blurred particularly since Lockdown.
Local arrangements are good for the confidence of the fellowship and are more able to focus on local issues. Often this may be for instance, the activities of a house group. We have only about four of these arrangements a year, but we would like a lot more, as it makes worship, thanksgiving and dedications more relevant to those taking part. That’s not to say of course, that we discourage others; we find variety of worship, helps to include everyone’s preferences. The Methodist tradition is fortunate in its promotion of variety, witness and skills in community practice. We are now in mood to re-evaluate many of the things we traditionally do.