To Welcome in Christ’s Name …


Ever wondered what to say to visitors?  The Trinity Welcoming Team (Pastor Nathan, Roz Horn, Mary Tarquinio, and Danny Whittemore) offer the following Dos & Don’ts to help strengthen our hospitality.  “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.” (Hebrews 13:2)

 

Do Say:  “Hi! Great to meet you!”

Do not say: “Are you new here?” -or- “You don’t look like a member here.” 

 

Why:  the person may have been attending Trinity for years and you just may not have met them yet.  Asking a person if they are new also may imply that you don’t think they belong.

 


 

Do say:  “I don’t think we’ve met.  My name is __________”

Do not say: “We need more people like you to join the church.” -or- “Where’ve you been?

 

Why:  people want to be seen for who they are and not as a token.

 


 

Do say:  “Tell me about yourself.”

Do not say:  “What do you do?”  -or-  “Are you a student?”

 

Why:  For those who are un- or under-employed, work is a tricky question; assuming someone is a student implies you think they are of a certain age or life stage.  Give the person a chance to talk about whatever is meaningful to them.

 


 

Do say:  “I will be glad to take you to Jeppson Hall for Coffee Hour.”

Do not say:  “Join us for Coffee Hour after the service in Jeppson Hall.”

 

Why:  visitors don’t know where Jeppson Hall is.  Personally invite them and take them along with you.   Introduce them to others along the way!

 


 

Do say:  “We have children’s areas in the front and back of the church to make it easier for children to attend worship with their families.”

Do not say:  “Children don’t have a place in church.”

 

Why:  Jesus said,  “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.”  Following the command of Jesus, we make a place for all God’s children in worship.