“Good morning! We’re so glad you’re here!”
When you hear that phrase upon entering our church on Sunday mornings, doesn’t it just make you feel good all over?
Each week we have a dedicated group of volunteers who stand in our parking lots to greet everyone as they arrive and begin walking into the church. What began last January as a safety measure has now turned into one of my favorite volunteer activities — a welcoming presence we have all come to love. And, as is so often the case with service opportunities, those who extend these greetings to others every week love it, too!
Let’s face it, we’ve all been there: you’re running late, one child can’t find their left shoe, the other one dawdled through breakfast and brings the rest of it to eat in the car (spoiler alert: pancake syrup on the seats again) — and to top it off, you banged your knee on the car door as you were getting into the car, and as you finally pulled out of the driveway, you can’t remember if you brushed your teeth. As you and your beloved family pile out of the car, the less than stellar mood in the air is interrupted by the cheerful greeting of a beaming parking lot greeter. It’s pretty hard to stay testy when someone so obviously happy to be part of our church reaches out to you and yours in a welcome that exclaims, “I’m so glad to see you! Have a great day!”
The many positive effects of our response to the need for heightened security remain — and have blossomed into so much more. Putting people in our parking lots to be “eyes and ears” came with the added bonus of the smile and warm-hearted greetings that rode right along beside those eyes and ears. This is, in fact, the essence of what our Hospitality Safety and Security initiative is all about — and as we brighten the Sunday morning arrivals of church members, visitors and guests, we in turn brighten the Sunday morning of those who serve this vital new function. Or, in the words of Welcoming Ministry Volunteers Bob Leibrock and Martin Reid, “People really do appreciate that we’re out here,” Leibrock says, “– which is part of the reason we keep coming back.” Reid adds, “I’m happy to do this; it’s actually really a fun thing to do.”
Would you be interested in being a smiling face our parking lots on Sunday? Please call me at 817/339-2403 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you!