“Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.” – Philippians 2:3 (NLT)
During this Christmas season when we are seeing even more guests attending our services, it seems good to remind our own church members of a few important items. All of these reminders have the idea of “thinking of others” as you go to church.
1. Be on time. Our guests come early. As members, we should already be there to greet them.
2. Save the best parking for our guests. Many of our committed members choose to park in the side parking lot to leave the better spots for others. Besides, the exercise is good for you!
3. Take a seat near the front. It encourages the worship team. It makes it easier for late arrivals to find a seat.
4. Take crying infants to the nursery. We love babies, but we also love to hear the Word of God. Don’t let your child be a distraction. That’s why we offer childcare.
5. Take notes during the sermon. It encourages the pastor and the visitor. Plus, it will increase your own learning.
6. Write on and turn in your Connection Card. When others see you completing it, they will feel more comfortable doing it too. Use it for prayer requests and other needs. Use it to encourage the worship team.
7. Don’t leave the worship service early. We’ve noticed several members leaving during the time of response. Please stay until the end of the worship service unless you serve on the greeter team. Leaving early is a distraction.
8. Talk to someone you don’t know. Get outside you comfort zone. Follow the “3-minute rule.” Take the first three minutes after the service to meet someone you don’t know before you get with your usual group of friends. We have guests every Sunday that are looking for connection.
As church members, we want to follow Christ who considered the needs of others before their own. You’ll be amazed how living for Christ and others will actually help meet your own needs too.