House warmers – Extend welcoming
beyond ushers and greeters. Station “house
warmers” — people who meet the others in
the aisles and pews as they prepare for worship.
They offer conversation and introductions
to help everyone feel at home in the worship
Community Worship Services
– Plan special worship services during the month to reach out to others in the
community. Consider structuring services around issues and themes that are
important to your community. Announce the events with door hangers, invitations
and perhaps even personal letters to the community.
– If your congregation is ethnically diverse, celebrate that gift! Invite
members to dress in native attire, to pray in their own languages, to introduce
songs or hymns from their native countries, or to educate the congregation
about their homelands’ religious traditions.
Eight Out of Four
– For small-group activity, have your welcoming team organize nights out for
groups of eight people, including at least two newcomers. Designate hosts to
choose the first activity (dinner, sporting event, concert). Invite sign-ups
and ensure that newcomers are included. Each group goes out four times; rotate
hosting duties and activity choice among members.
Saturday Night Live
– Stage a comedy dinner show, using church talent. Include a tour of the
facilities and make sure each newcomer is introduced to at least five other
Greet and Meet
– Plan social opportunities (for example, a “Church Cafe” between Sunday School
and worship with refreshments and a host/hostess to introduce newcomers to
members). Offer tours of the facilities and allow teachers to give a quick
description of classes and study material.
Serve the Servants
– Invite and recognize volunteers from the community (police officers, hospital
workers, firefighters, etc.) and their families. Alert your newspaper of your
recognition of these special people.
– Honor public- and private-school teachers, administrators, bus drivers and
other school employees, along with your church’s daycare staff and teachers,
and their families during a worship service.
– Include church information and an informed greeter during fall fairs,
carnivals and garage sales to which the community is invited. Promote your
church’s outreach activities, introduce new ones and provide newcomers with
opportunities to get involved.
– Host community events such as charity runs, parade floats or festival booth.
Parents’ Night Out
– Ask the youth to host (with adult supervision) child-care evenings at the
– Consider volleyball and golf tournaments or churchwide bowling night and
invite friends to join a team. Serve refreshments at the church.
– Attract both members and non-members by hosting a support group led by
professionals donating their services. Consider including a social hour.
– Display the works of artists (woodworkers, sculptors, craftspersons) in the
foyer/vestibule or invite the public to view members’ collections of dolls,
quilts, written works, trains, etc., and meet the congregation. Provide
information about the church and tour of the facilities.
Welcoming Weekends – Invite guests and/or newcomers to a Friday-night
free dinner, contemporary musical concern and introductions (don’t forget name
badges). Begin Saturday with breakfast and a mini-Bible study and conduct
theme-specific discussion groups, special children’s sessions, a picnic lunch
with a storyteller; arrange for a devotional and special music. Have members
agree to pick up guests and bring them to Sunday’s worship service and
introduce them during the service
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