With careful planning, coffee hour can be where congregants spiritually nourish one another, newcomers feel welcomed, and oldtimers enjoy fellowship.
Posts Tagged ‘hospitality’
Does your church have many visitors and guests on Easter? Carolyn Chilton shares 9 ways to show Christian hospitality, including children.
Churches welcome many visitors on Christmas Eve. Here are seven ways to promote your services and make people feel welcome at your church on Christmas Eve.
Plastic sign holders are a flexible and inexpensive way to add welcoming signage to your church. For example, at Christmas and other events.
Room at my Table may seem, at at first glance, like light reading. Indeed, the lively prose and entertaining anecdotes make for quick page turning. But after digesting a few reflections, one finds a volume that is expertly written, and carefully crafted through and through. On a personal note, I was thoroughly impressed with the writing and the spiritual exposition displayed in this inspiring book.
Here at Building Faith we have been fielding various complaints from parishes seeing TOO MANY visitors. We understand how frustrating this can be, and so one of our experts Carolyn Chilton has offered some practical ways to scare these folks off.
Here at Building Faith we believe that welcoming visitors is closely tied to formation. Here’s the issue: a welcoming congregation does not just “happen.” Churches that are truly effective in welcoming (and integrating) newcomers have been taught and formed in this practice.
One of the most difficult things to do in life is to walk into a church for the very first time. To walk through the doors of an unknown congregation is like leaping out the door of an airplane. There’s anxiety, fear, trepidation, and the hope that your parachute will actually open at the appropriate time. Okay, maybe not the parachute, but all the emotions certainly apply.
It’s purpose: to restore the role of Lent and Easter in forming the church as a community of disciples, welcoming new disciples, and renewing a sense of God’s call to the church in baptism.
They help us wrestle with a culture of forgiveness. Can you forgive me for my not understanding where you’re really coming from and for not seeing your strengths? Can you forgive me for projecting my own fears onto you, and saying the wrong things? Can I forgive you for the fear you bring up in me?
Three years ago, some of us wanted to create a space where people would feel free to have conversations about faith while they were at the block party. So we made two big signs that said: Free Coke if you Talk with us about Jesus for Three Minutes. We filled coolers with drinks, set up chairs, prayed, and waited to see what would happen.
Write short profiles of each leader for your church newsletter: Here’s a suggested format: Name – birthplace – favorite quote – favorite charity – favorite book – some way the congregation could contribute to the leader’s group.
This message is communicated in a variety of ways and included hurtful comments, eye rolling, sighs of impatience and a general attitude of impatience and annoyance directed towards the lively chatter of young children. The stories break my heart.
Freedom. There is a sense of freedom at the beach. People don’t seem particularly concerned about what they are wearing or how they look. Aware that there is not much that can be hidden in a bathing suit, it is as if people say, “Here I am. This is me. I can’t hide much if anything while dressed like this.”
Sacred cows might include: an individual who wields particular power and prestige in the congregation; the ministry or program that cannot be questioned; a particular part of the building, piece of art or item of furnishing; the building itself; or an endowment and its use.
They provide groceries and refreshment of a different kind, spiritual food by the volume, and they are gathering places of community and fellowship where one feels connected to God and humanity and can always find a caring soul to listen.
The idea that, by welcoming a stranger, one might be entertaining angels unaware (Hebrews 13:2) seems to have been a widespread belief. Besides, one never knew when one might need hospitality in return.
We’ve decided to quit being a welcoming church. No kidding. We’re giving it up. It won’t be easy, but we’re committed to it.
In the early Christian church, children were baptized and formed in their faith by the whole Christian community; participating in prayers, listening to sermons and teachings and sharing in meals with the whole community.
There is a challenging child in every group. As Christian educators we learn about Autism, Asperger’s, learning disabilities, and physical disabilities. We do everything in our power to meet children where they are and welcome them into our midst. We know Christ calls us to do so.