How Can I Make a Difference?

The Great Gift of Easter Is Hope
Basil C. Hume

Easter is right around the corner so you know what that means, right? Lots of guests at First Church! Research shows that 30% of guests for the whole year will attend church at Easter. Research also tells us most first-time guests will decide whether or not they will return in the first ten minutes they are here. So in a nutshell, this is an incredible opportunity to show people who might only be here once or twice a year what a loving and welcoming body of Christ looks like. But, we need to be ready for them because we aren’t going to get a second chance to make a first impression.

Whether the people who show up for Easter are here because they are in the midst of a painful experience – serious illness, the death of a loved one, or loss of a job—or they’re simply following an Easter tradition, we should ask ourselves, “What might someone experience this Easter that just may make them want to come back—and what can I do that might make a difference?”

Volunteering during Holy Week and Easter is the perfect answer to that question. Having lots of smiling faces on hand to ensure that everyone who worships at First Church feels welcomed and cared for is crucial for that all-important first impression. The bottom line is this: hospitality done well creates an opening for the Holy Spirit which opens the door to life change. How we do hospitality impacts how someone receives the good news and hope that Easter promises.

If you are interested in being a Ministry Partner for Ash Wednesday, any of our Holy Week, or Easter services, we would love to have you. Click here to sign up.

We look forward to your hospitality!

Lisa Helm
Director of Welcoming Ministries

If you have questions or would like more information, contact Lisa Helm, Director of Welcoming Ministries, at lhelm@myfumc.org.

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