If you call Troy UMC home, and have been around for more than a few months, then you probably think the church is friendly. But just because people are talking and smiling to each other doesn’t mean the guest always feel welcome.
Here’s what makes a church friendly: When those who call the church home help guests feel welcome and connected. Here are some tips:
1. If you don’t know someone, extend a hand, smile and say, I don’t think we have met. Share your name and do your best to remember theirs (even if you have to ask again).
2. Open doors for people.
3. If you see a person or a family standing alone, greet them and visit.
4. Be on the look out for new people.
5. Yes, there are times when it may be sort of awkward, but approach people anyway, ask questions anyway, engage anyway. The risk is worth it. And the ball is in our court as guest come in.
6. Sign up to serve on the hospitality team for a worship service.
7. Sign up to serve on a parking lot greeter team – so far this team has only been assembled for special Sundays, but we would love to have a parking lot team each weekend!
Greeting, being friendly and helping guests feel like family is not a job that should be left only to a handful of greeters each Sunday morning – it requires everyone!
Let’s do all we can to make Troy United Methodist Church the friendliest church there ever was.