A Welcoming Church is a two session course looking at the ministry of welcome.
Sunday by Sunday and throughout the week, Christians have the privilege and the responsibility of offering a friendly and hospitable welcome to newcomers, visitors or enquirers who come to the church or want to know more about it. This course is for anyone and everyone who is keen that the welcome we offer is the best that it can be.
However, people who might have a particular interest in the course might be church wardens, sidespeople, a Welcome Team and the PCC. It aims to help us to think not just about how we greet people at the door, though that is important. Welcome is a much broader topic – it starts even before the person has left their home, continues with how our building offers welcome and then of course is about the friendliness of the people and the experience newcomers have when they are in church.
For more details see the information leaflet.
Comments from parishes who have participated in the “Welcoming Course”:
“more smiles all round, re-doing guidelines for welcomers.”
“given them a renewed sense of the importance a good welcome plays in people settling in a church.”
Find a course:
Confirmed Courses with a specific date and venue are listed under “Equipping God’s People” and can be booked online. Parishes, benefices and deaneries are encouraged to run the course locally. We can provide the facilitator’s and participants’ manuals (or send you electronic copies) and in some cases we can help you with promoting the course more widely. Please contact contact the Parish Development Office by email or ring 01727 818141.