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Welcome To Your Church

When a newcomer visits your church (someone that - to your knowledge - no-one has seen there before) how are they welcomed? Is someone designated to be the welcomer of new people?

What is your particular church's approach to a 'new face'?

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Well,the church I go to so,happy to say they welcome new comers and it a growing church,we get alot of new people everytime.I've never been to a church like this our Pastor usually during the week,they open with "a small skit" like a play usually interesting and it always turns into intro about our Lord Jesus( of coarse) :-)
Sundays, they welcome everyone before beginning our services, Pastor comes with a big smile..

Love of Jesus!
---Elena9555 on 6/17/14

\\ When the offering was taken the ushers (men and women) stood at the front of the church and each row was marched up there in order. I have never seen anything like it before or since.\\

In other words, they had a procession at the collection, too.

I've heard of this being done in missions in Africa--and some that are no longer missions. People line up and bring their offerings to the front.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 6/9/14

Cluny.....It was not a procession. It got worse. When the offering was taken the ushers (men and women) stood at the front of the church and each row was marched up there in order. I have never seen anything like it before or since. I was only there as a chaperone for a group of clients from the drug rehab where I worked. I had arrived early, so I had to get up and move when the bus arrived with the clients. Our director who was also a minister had been invited to preach. When I got up to move, one usher said, "Where are you going?"
---KarenD on 6/9/14

A first timer chooses to turn on their emergency lights as they are driving up. A sign is posted with the info at the entrance.

They get a special close parking spot.

A member of the greeting team meets them at the car and walks them into the building. A large convention center can be confusing. This person becomes kinda of personal assistant, get kids checked in at Kidspring (kids church), location of bathrooms, make sure they find a seat in the service, etc. Many vistors decide if they like a church with in the first 5 minutes.

After the service we have the "green room" Where vistors can meet pastors volunteers, snacks, ask questions, small gift etc.
---Scott1 on 6/9/14

To PastoraKaren,all respect,that is nice you go to personally shake each new person hand,make them feel welcome.They do.the same where I go
I love that,says alot bout a church.
Thankyou,for sharing that.
Love of Jesus!
---Elena9555 on 6/9/14

\\Once went to a church where they "marched" everyone to their seats.\\

Was this perhaps merely entering in procession?

Happy Pentecost!
---Cluny on 6/8/14

I am wondering if the church which marched people to their seats was always very full and they just wished to ensure that all seats were filled in a tidy fashion rather than the late arrivals having to scour the church looking for an odd seat here and there.

Another reason could have been as a way of getting people to sit next to different people each week thus ensuring that every one got to know different people over a period of time.

It is not a method I would actually like to be involved in BUT it might have had a serious purpose besides just showing 'who was boss'. I hope so anyway.
---Rita_H on 6/8/14

One usher hands out bulletins and greets everyone at the entrance to the sanctuary. I make it a point to greet all visitors personally. We have a period before the service where we "meet and greet" everyone. A large part of the congregation will always greet new people to make them feel welcome during this time. Once went to a church where they "marched" everyone to their seats. You were seated row by row from the first row on back as you came in the door. You didn't get to choose where you sat or by whom you sat. It was very awkward. If you were meeting family you had better wait outside for them.
---KarenD on 6/8/14

You are most welcome, Cluny.
---love.jesus on 6/7/14

Thank you, love.jesus.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 6/7/14

We have a greeter at the door who welcomes all who arrive, including any newcomer. The newcomer is asked if they have a preference in where they sit and is given a bible and a hymn book. When the service is over we all go to another large room where tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits are served and everyone mingles. We ensure that the newcomer is not left alone wondering what they are to do next. They always receive a nice welcome and the pastor tries to speak to them also and invites them to return.
---Rita_H on 6/7/14

And the Antidoron at the end of the Byzantine liturgy is very welcoming.
---love.Jesus on 6/6/14

The ushers generally this, handing the visitor a service book and bulletin.

After Divine Liturgy, the priest invites all people, especially our visitors, to refreshments at the coffee hour. (No service is valid unless we eat after it.)

And during coffee hour, people come and introduce themselves to the visitors.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 6/6/14

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