I posted this before our services last April, but I thought it was worth reposting as we head into this weekend.
This Sunday Journey is holding our Easter Services (9 & 10:30) at the Union Colony Civic Center in Greeley. We are expecting 1,600-2,000 people.
With that in mind–and realizing what an amazing opportunity we have to connect with people in our community–I’ve come up with a list of 10 Easy Ways to Make Easter Guests Feel Welcomed.
- Don’t freak Guests out.
- Smile…but not in a creepy way. Just think about how good it is to be saved by grace and an appropriate smile should find its way to the surface.
- Say “Hello” to people with whom you make eye contact and don’t say, “He is risen” and expect them to reply, “He is risen indeed” because that freaks non-Christians out more than a creepy smile (see rule #1).
- Keep the back 5 rows of the auditorium open for them, so they don’t have to traipse down to the front of the auditorium looking for open seats.
- Use plenty of signs and informed Greeters to ensure that first-time Guests can find what they need to find–including restrooms, Children’s Ministry rooms, the auditorium, etc.
- Don’t plant yourself on the end of a row and expect everyone else to pass in front of you so you can maintain your position of “ruler of the row.” Just like they say at every show at Walt Disney World, “Please don’t stop at the end or middle seats, but move all the way down the row–filling up every available seat….and hold small children firmly by the hand.” 🙂
- Don’t hug a Guest unless you know the aforementioned Guest and the aforementioned Guest makes it obvious that he or she is, what is known scientifically as a “hugger”, or you are apt to break rule #1 in monumental fashion.
- No holy kissing…ever!
- It’s always better to walk Guests to where they are going and make sure they get there than to point them in the general direction and say something like, “The kids classes are somewhere down that hall. You should be able to find it.”
- No matter how Guests dress, talk, smell, are pierced, are inked, or vote…don’t flinch, cringe, make uncomfortable faces, or do anything that communicates anything other than we love them and are so glad that they are here.