Hi, my name is Amanda, and I am one of the lead pastors at Experience Church. This week my 3 children started their school year. My daughter, being the youngest, just started Kindergarten.
I too remember as a child starting a new school year, with a new teacher, a new classroom, not knowing anyone and the unfortunate feeling that accompanied it. Often it left me feeling anxious about what it would be like, who I would meet…. and could I possibly make any new friends? Even trying to find the restroom seemed slightly overwhelming.
As I think about our first and second time guests at church, they too may tend to experience these feelings of the unknown. Attending a new church for the first time should not have to feel intimidating.
That’s why we try our best to offer treat all guests with the utmost hospitality! We know that EVERYONE MATTERS and everyone means something to Jesus. If they’re important to God, then they’re important to us.
The scripture teaches us in Romans 12, that we should “seek to show hospitality”.
You may think, well I am just not a very talkative person, how could I greet a newcomer? The answer is easy. Even a simple gesture such as provide a warm handshake and a bright smile goes a long way. Asking them unthreatening questions, such as: Where are you from? What do you do for work? What do you like to do for fun? – expresses to others your genuine interest in getting to know them and making them feel comfortable.
When we remember that every person that walks through our church doors, is created by God, is valued, loved and made with purpose, we will see them in that light. The scripture says, in Ephesians 2:10 that “we are His workmanship, created to do good works”.
At EXP, our heart is to HELP: Help you get closer to, and become more like Jesus. That begins with assuring you that you are in a place where you are secure, accepted and celebrated.
YOU, my friend are a VERY IMPORTANT PERSON!