Most churches think that they are a friendly church because church members are friendly to each other. We may not realise how unwelcoming we appear to the outsider. The sad truth is that 90 percent of the people who try out our churches fail to join them. In many churches it is normal not to speak to newcomers. We are not usually openly hostile, we just ignore them and eventually they go away.
But churches that do welcome and befriend the stranger are creating the sort of growing, flourishing community Jesus wants His church to be.
Everybody Welcome is a one-day course about making welcome central to all we do and the people we are. Just think what the impact would be if not 10 percent but 25 percent or even 50 percent of the people who try out our church succeed in joining it!
If you would like to attend this course, please sign up on the list at the back of church.