Tales from the Team
- 24 November 2021
- Alison Keene
|Welcoming and Integration|
We are settling into our ‘hybrid services’ now – some of us are back at physical church, and others of us are online. And I think it’s going beautifully! In both settings, we are consciously being welcoming and hospitable to each other, and specially to newcomers. This isn’t always easy – there seems to be a feeling in the general community sometimes that we should be wary of strangers. But shouldn’t church communities do the opposite, and look out for and welcome strangers?
I was reading a helpful article about how to be a welcoming community in our church. It was interesting to be reminded about how much the bible talks about being welcoming and hospitable – particularly to strangers. For example, the book of Hebrews, chapter 13 says: “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers”. And in Peter’s first letter to a group of Christians, he tells them to “be hospitable to one another without complaining”. And there’s no room to quote it all here, but have a look at Acts, chapters 16, 21 and 28; so much welcoming going on!
The article I was reading had some good practical advice on this – I’ll share some of that next time! Meanwhile, let’s all carry on welcoming each other and being hospitable on screen, in church, at the coffee shop, or wherever we are.