Our Sunday services are the result of contributions from many people. Your willingness to prepare and deliver a testimony is a way for you to connect with more of the congregation. As a community we come together to create services that will enhance all of our lives. Your involvement is desired and most appreciated.
A testimony is a personal statement that tells us something about you:
- This is who I am
- This is what I think
- This is where I am hurting
- This is how I am wrestling with my situation at this point in my life
Writing a testimony usually involves answering three questions:
- What brought me here? To this community, to the place I am at right now, to being a canvasser, to volunteering in Out of the Cold, etc.
- What keeps me here? What feeds me? How am I sustained? Why do I enjoy it so much?
- What’s my cutting edge? How am I being challenged? Where am I growing and changing? What is still unresolved for me?
If you are interested in delivering a testimony, please
- Speak to a Worship Leader or the Minister. Tell him/her what you would like to speak about.
- If you are asked to deliver a testimony, think seriously about it. It’s a wonderful opportunity to share your experience.
The Worship Leader for each Sunday is responsible for ensuring all parts of the service fit together. He/she will contact all people involved in the service and ensure all elements work together. The Worship Leader for the Sunday you are scheduled to do your testimony will work with you. Here’s what you need to do:
- Write out your testimony. It should be no longer than 3 minutes, or about 300 words.
- Provide a copy of your testimony to the Worship Leader at least one week before your Sunday.
The Worship Leader will offer suggestions, help you tighten up your piece and or expand (as necessary) and help you to feel comfortable about your delivery.
As you work on your testimony, remember that it is not an explanation or pitch for your favourite cause. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- “What does music mean to me?” rather than “What is music?”
- “How did my time at Childhaven change my life?” rather than “What does Childhaven do?”
- “How our principles guide my life” rather that “These are the UU Principles”
- “Why I contribute to and participate in the Central America project” rather than “You should give money to the Central America project.”