Welcoming is divided in four parts: Hospitality; Greeters; Membership; Kitchen Care.
Some gatherings have been to bring congregants together with a special meaning (Pancake supper on Shrove Tuesday) or to encourage fellowship among us with the opportunity of welcoming all who attend our services (coffee time after worship). Other opportunities bring us together to fundraise for our ministries (Spring Fling, Men’s Fellowship dinners).
Each activity or event brings out a team of volunteers who create and organize together. Their willingness to be involved and the pride they share in reaching out to others builds relationships among our congregants as well as the community that surrounds us.
To participate on these teams gives a wonderful feeling of belonging, inclusive fellowship and the joy of sharing one’s skills.
They meet and greet new and returning congregants every Sunday in the narthex. The doors swing wide to welcome all; each is presented with an order of service, hymn book and offered a friendly handshake! Guests are invited to sign the Welcome Book and directed to available literature or newsletters
The initial membership meeting was held in May 2013. Two brochures were carefully formulated – the first titled “Welcoming” presents a history of Sylvan United Church as well as highlights of the many activities and opportunities for participation in our church life. This brochure has been placed in the narthex; the greeters have been asked to present it to visitors and newcomers. The second brochure, entitled “Belonging” details the various ways to belong to our church community. Additionally, it presented information about the three-session workshop on “Belonging” that was offered in the fall. We hope that this becomes an annual event. The workshop was led by Rev. Groom, an average of 14 people attended and the subject matter covered belonging, membership, baptism, and the theology of the United Church.
A kitchen is the corner where hearts feed souls! Whoever shall enter our home (hall) shall find comfort in our kitchen. There is coffee and tea in the cupboard, milk in the fridge, the cupboards are labeled all in readiness of guests!