My mind was made up, I was headed to Wal-Mart before the heat. 8 am didn’t really beat the heat but at least I was able to park in the shade. As I walked in the door an obviously morning person shouted, “hello, how are you?” She was over weight, plain and certainly enjoyed her greeting job.
My checkers ( I had two) were equally cheerful, we chatted about produce, gardening, and the fact that it was a lousy year for squash and tomatoes but there were plenty of other great things in his garden. They sacked my groceries, took my money and sent me on my way.
As I left the store the same cheerful woman bid me a cheerful goodbye. Her good-bye was musical in tone, odd for a greeter at Wal-Mart.
You already know where I am going with this if you don’t your blessed. My plea is to make members and visitors feel as welcome at church as I felt at Wal-Mart. This should be easy and yet it doesn’t always happen. I am still on the kick of let’s visit with one another, smile, chat a little after church and before. Let’s show ourselves friendly, make a joyful noise and shout a greeting.
This is the last of the posts on making sure your church is friendly, not only to visitors but to members. It is possible to feel alone and lonely when you have been a church member for a very long time.
Think about this, there is no way you would invite someone to your home and then just sit there and never say a word. Yet when we walk into the sanctuary have you noticed we usually just sit down. Last summer the AC in our church had to be replaced. It was the usual hot summer and we decided to meet in our upstairs fellowship hall. We only had chairs to sit on but it worked. In my book it really worked. I noticed people actually talking to each other, they would even turn the chairs around and visit. There was a wonderful, warm, friendly feeling in the fellowship hall. As soon as we moved back to the sanctuary we fell back to our old ways of just walking to our same spots and sitting.
Smile! A smile makes your face attractive. It makes your face welcoming. Greet Everyone with a smile. We have a man in our church, his name is Dan. He is always so upbeat and has a great big smile on his face, he makes everyone feel welcome and worthwhile.
Sometimes the drive to church is not always a pleasant one. At my house we are usually running very late and I am not always a happy camper by the time we leave for church. At my daughter’s house it is always a rush to find the shoes, jackets and the to do bag. By the time we arrive at church we would have reason to have a frown on our face. Take a moment to warm up your smile by thinking of the good things in your life and thanking God for his blessings.
Don’t overlook the importance of greeting the people you meet with a smile and shake hands to those around you. Do this before and after every service. Learn their names. Even if your church has official greeters, you’re not off the hook. When church is over don’t rush out the door, stay by and visit a little and greet those who have been sitting around you.
The last thing I want to say on this is to thank the people serving. Smile and say thanks to at least 3 people each week. Some of these people may be paid others are volunteers but thank them for what they do.
Well, there you have it! I would love to hear some success stories from you. Mother Teresa said, “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”