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■ When worshipers visit a church for the first time, what makes them decide to return?
Sure, many things can figure into the equation, such as theology, structure and length of the worship service, worship time and location. But I would say the top factor is how the visitors are treated — how did they feel when they were at church and how did they feel when they reflected on the experience later.
I guess a few people want to visit a church and blend into the woodwork quietly and leave right away, practically without being noticed.
However, we on the worship committee think most people will be more likely to come back if they feel the presence of God and are shown radical hospitality — being greeted warmly and having several people talk to them and show that the pastors and congregation are glad that the visitor is among us.
As worship elder, I think our church does a pretty good job with this, but all in the church family constantly need to be mindful of new faces among us so that no one “falls through the cracks” and walks away with a poor impression of who we are and why we are here. We are the hands and feet of Christ in this place — and when we walk out of the church doors.
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■ Our church calendar has a considerably slower pace now that many classes and activities are taking a seasonal break. Our normal schedule will resume in September. Children’s church and Sunday school for children and youth will return, along with adult Bible study classes outside of Sunday school and the normal rehearsal schedule for the choirs.
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■ Come join us for worship, study, fellowship and mission work at Swift Church.