So welcome each other, in the same way that Christ has welcomed you, for God’s glory. –Romans 15:7
The Hospitality Team is working to create ways to warmly welcome those who are worshipping with us for the first time and others who want to join our vibrant faith community in bringing Good News to all generations.
Here are several ways you can participate with the Hospitality team in being a “Good Shepherd”.
One of the most important ministries of the church is that of our Greeters, those who express Christ’s love and warm welcome to members and non-members entering through our doors. When a person steps into a church for the first time, he or she considers the atmosphere. He asks himself, “Will they accept me? Will my spiritual and physical needs be met?” She wonders, “Will it be easy to make friends? Will it be easy to find my way around?” The newcomer will quickly come to some conclusions during the first few minutes. First impressions are often lasting impressions. Consequently, the ministry of the Greeters is one of the most important things that happens in any congregations. Will you consider doing this important service?
A Greeter can be described as one who:
~ Offers a friendly “Hello” or “Good Morning” or “Welcome to Good Shepherd.
~ Is the first to make contact with newcomers and may share where coats are hung and the sanctuary is located.
~ Takes a genuine interest in people.
~ Let’s people know where they can receive information about our ministry.
Although the position of “usher” is not mentioned in the Bible, ushers provide an invaluable service. In many ways, the ushers are the “face” of the church, the first ones that people see when they arrive and the last ones they see as they leave. It is important that an usher be friendly, honest and willing to serve. It is an honorable position in the church, requiring integrity, cordiality and wisdom. The heart of an usher is the heart of a servant, having a desire to promote an atmosphere of reverence and worship in the house of God.
Sunday Morning Refreshments
We are grateful for Sunday morning volunteers who prepare refreshments to serve to our worshipping guests in the Commons. Refreshments include making coffee and lemonade and placing on trays pre-made baked goods already purchased. If you are interested in helping, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome Center Host
Sunday mornings we have Hosts available at the Welcome Center and near the Welcome Center to greet first time visitors, to provide important information and to answer questions. If you are a person who enjoys reaching out with a smile, this role is for you. Please contact email@example.com. It will be arranged for you to volunteer before and after the worship service you regularly attend.
Become a New Member Sponsor
A new member sponsor befriends a new member in order to help them learn more about Good Shepherd, and therefore, feel more comfortable in participating. Pastor Leesa recruits new member sponsors as people join. Please consider saying, “Yes!” when she asks you.