‘Everybody Welcome’ – a ministry where everyone has a role to play

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photo of Pat BrydonPat Brydon shares some insights on why  everyone has a role to play in Welcome Ministry 

 

“Do you agree with this statement?

‘People want to belong before they will believe these days, more often belief comes after the belonging!’

“For a newcomer, coming along to church can be a ‘big deal’ – it’s a huge step for them personally to walk through the doors of a church!  So providing a good welcome is a vital part of our ministry at church – first impressions for newcomers, visitors and members of the congregation are very important.

“Here are some excerpts taken from ‘Everybody Welcome – the course where everybody helps grow their church’ by Reverend Bob Jackson (previously Archdeacon of Walsall and Bishop’s Growth Officer for the Diocese of Lichfield, retiring in 2009 to concentrate on church growth).”

 

True welcome comes from the whole communitynot just a couple of specialists!

Several years ago, a telephone survey sponsored by Tearfund suggested that three million people in this country would go to church if someone invited them! Research from the ‘Back to Church Sunday’ identified less than 10% who accept an invitation become regular members.

Just think what the impact would be if not 10 per cent but 25 per cent or even 50 per cent of the people who try our church succeed in becoming regular congregational members!

Offering welcome and hospitality to all is not just a piece of ‘tag-on good advice’, according to Jesus how we respond to the stranger, our neighbour in need is determinative of our whole relationship with God

 ‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in’. Matthew 25:35

Central to fulfilling Jesus’ great commission ….’Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit’ Mathew 28: 19

Offering hospitality, invitation and welcoming strangers is at the heart of Christian community living – they are considered to be core values in the life of any church that wants to experience the blessing of God.

It takes folk about three minutes to exit the church after a service so it is essential someone has made contact with them before they leave, not just at the door on the way out!

Have a go at the welcome challenge!

Circle of 10: try and greet anyone who comes within ten feet of you, making a special effort to greet the people you don’t already know! or

Rule of 3: For the first three minutes after the service, talk to someone you don’t know inviting them for coffee and stay with them or introduce them to someone else.

An old and yet simple prayer: ‘Lord renew your church and begin with me’.

 

 

Welcome flag outside front entrance to churchSt John’s Welcome Ministry – update and thanks from Pat

On 2nd June Pat wrote:

“A huge thank you to all who have responded recently to join one of the welcome teams; sixteen of you overall and several other enquiries which is truly a fabulous response – thank you to everyone!

“I would also like to express grateful thanks to all the existing Welcome Team members who have also responded, offering to undertake extra duties to serve more frequently!

“Please prayerfully consider whether you could be part of our welcome ministry to serve once a month, at a service time of your choice on a very flexible rota.  It’s a great way to meet friends and new people!”

In addition to these responses Pat still needs 4 more people to join the 11am team to bring the team up to full strength.

The next stepPat would like to develop a team of people who would be happy to ‘meet and greet’ new people in the Main Hall at the newly refurbished Welcome Point on a rota basis between the morning services and after the evening service.

We wish to extend our welcome after services to newcomers and to those who feel they do not know many people – with refreshments available!

There is a mission on our doorstep will you help?

Please contact Pat at church or email The Church Office

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Jun 2015 Posted in: News, St John's Stories by Stella Jennings 0

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