“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Rev. Casey Orr shared this African proverb in a sermon, and I often think about the simple beauty and wisdom of these words. In a nutshell, it embodies why I am so passionate about Welcoming Ministries.
Although we often choose to go fast in the busy world we live in, the truth is that living in community with others — going together — is part of God’s plan for us. In this fast-paced world, church offers something people need.
We all hunger for a sense of belonging and yearn for a place of acceptance — and that is why I feel so strongly about Connections. This opportunity in Wesley Hall between services gives people a way to slow down and spend some time simply enjoying the company of our church family. Not only is it important for members to connect with one another, it’s also a perfect chance to extend hospitality to those who may be visiting FUMCFW.
Expanding our membership is the lifeblood of our church. People come to church to worship, but they also come to be part of a community of worshippers! Visitors of FUMCFW are looking for that sense of community. Through Connections, visitors have the opportunity to be a part of our community every Sunday!
At some point in your life, someone cared enough to invite you to receive what they had received. Romans 15:7 says, “Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” I encourage everyone to stop by Wesley Hall on Sunday mornings between services to connect with members and visitors alike — to be a part of the Body of Christ and go together!
See you Sunday!
Director of Welcoming Ministries