“Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.”
— Romans 15:7
With the tallies now complete, I am so excited to tell you that of the more than three thousand people who worshiped with us on Christmas Eve, more than 200 of them were visitors. Think about that for just a moment. If you put them all in one place we’re talking about a standing-room-only crowd in the Chapel. A full center section in the Sanctuary. That’s a lot of new people on our campus at one time! So to my profuse thanks last week to all who served as ushers and greeters for those six services on Christmas Eve, I must add my thanks to a whole other group of people: all of the members of our church who were here as well!
The truth is, as a member of First Church, you are part of hosting our visitors each and every time you are here. And, while our Ushers and Greeters are the first people visitors come into contact with — and they are awesome — I also hear frequently from our visitors how friendly and welcoming our members are. Just making that extra effort to reach out to welcome a visitor to a Sunday School class, to walk with someone to the Children’s Area when they aren’t quite sure where to go, or to take a moment to answer a question about our church or to share with a visitor what you love most about it means so much. Often, it’s those casual interactions with you — our members — that makes a visitor feel welcome — and want to come back!
So, please accept my belated thank you to all of you who, whether you are aware of it or not, are such gracious hosts to our visitors every time you step on our campus. I’m so appreciative for all the ways I see you all go out of your way to make our visitors feel welcome when they are here!
See you Sunday,
Director of Welcoming Ministries