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.