Have you ever been in a new place, where you were unfamiliar with what to do or where to go? A place like a large hospital, a new school, or a theme park?
You would have a ton of questions running through your head. “Where do I go? Who can I ask for help?” You would find it to be rather awkward and uncomfortable. Many times, that’s the feeling people have when they visit a church for the first time. They nervously enter, unsure of what to do or where to go, and they are probably a little timid to ask for help. It can be rather awkward.
What can you do as a church member to make sure our guests fell right at home? Is there any way to break the awkwardness?
The best thing you can do for a guest is speak to them.
A simple smile and warm greeting go a long way to a guest. It shows that you acknowledge them, you care about them, and you want them to feel at home.
Yes. It will still be a little awkward. But we’d much rather break through the awkwardness than leave it to grow. If you aren’t sure what to say, try these phrases:
“Hey I’m _____. Is this your first time with us?”
“It’s so good to see you today. Have we met before?”
“Hi, I’m _____. What’s your name?”
People always comment how friendly our church is. Let’s keep the ball rolling, and keep the legacy moving.