Make sure all doors are open & they feel welcome from the moment they step out of their car.
If you don’t recognize someone in the parking lot, introduce yourself on the way into the sanctuary. If they mention that they are visiting for the first time, invite them to sit next to you. Show them where the restrooms are, offer to hang up their coat. Introduce them to someone else. It never hurts to make a new friend, especially in church.
Don’t think of them as visitors, treat them like guests.
In the book Unwelcome by Chuck Scoggins, he suggests that if you have a guest at your home, you are likely going to show them around your house, dos and don’ts, where the restrooms are, etc. If we think of our “visitors” as guests, we change the way we think automatically and will instead soften our approach to a new face.
If someone inquires of our church offer to pick them up and bring them to a service.
If you can’t bring your guest personally please be sure to give them details as to where they can park, where to enter the building, etc. It’s also helpful to suggest that you meet them upon arrival so that they don’t walk in the church alone for the first time.
Remember the first time you walked into the Sanctuary
It can be daunting for anyone in a new place so be sure to smile and reach out to a new face in the crowd. This is especially true after the service so greeting them afterwards isn’t too late.
Keep Joys & Concerns short & sweet.
Please be prepared & keep what you share as short as possible for the sake of your fellow parishioners but also for those that are experiencing our service for the first time.
You know those churches where the hymns are painful because no one actually sings… don’t do that here, SING! Not everyone has the perfect singing voice but that doesn’t matter, God doesn’t care. Participate in the prayers, hymns and anything else during the service where the congregation is involved, otherwise guests might think you’ve all fallen asleep!
Help young parents
If you notice parents coming with small children suggest that if they are comfortable, we offer Sunday School during the service. If possible, introduce them to Jessica during coffee hour so that they might be more comfortable dropping their kids off prior to service the next time they are here.
We never know when someone might be visiting us for the first time. It is always good to assume that it can happen each week. Please be ready to greet a new face in the congregation on Sunday, who knows, it might be a future leader in our church!