While the purpose of our Welcome Team is to help both new and old members feel welcome in the church, it also focuses on assimilating new members into the life of the church, getting to know them as visitors through the orientation process, and keeping in contact with them as members.
The Welcome Team has several functions, including:
- Ushers – Seat members before each service, and collect the offering during the service
- Greeters – Greeters need only be available once every six weeks, and serve as a friendly face by greeting members as they enter our church before services. They answer questions for newcomers and also host a midwinter party to welcome our most recent new members and their sponsors
- Sponsors – Sponsors are paired with new members during the orientation process and serve as a guiding resource to answer questions along the way.
- Sunday Morning Bagel Pickup – Assistance is needed in picking up our standing bagel bite order from Great American Bagel on Saturday afternoons.
All members are welcome to participate in the above roles, and questions and interest can be directed to Jeannette Lloyd at ext. 212 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE FOR 2017/2018!
New this year, Marcy Dusza will serve as the lay leader for our 20 person team, which will work with staff liaison, Jeannette Lloyd in her new position as New Member & Engagement Coordinator. This team wears gold ribbons on Sunday morning, looking for and welcoming all visitors and being a regular presence before and after worship. You can help by passing the red pew pad, so we can gather visitors contact information, meeting visitors in your row and introducing them to Jeannette or the Welcome Team member, and by wearing your name tag to worship.
If you know of someone interested in finding out about membership at our church, our next invitation for people to join is Sunday, September 23 at the 10:30am service. Please feel free to share this information with anyone. Prior to that Sunday, we ask that those who are interested in membership participate in a 2-part Inquirer’s Class, where they will learn more about our church.
Part I is Sunday, Sept. 16, at 10am in the Chapel, 1st floor of the Education Building, with Rev. Meredith Onion, when you will hear about our ministries and ways to become involved in the mission of the church.
Part II is Tuesday, Sept 18, at 7pm, beginning in the Sanctuary with Rev. Rich Kirchherr and Rev. Katherine Willis Pershey, who will talk about our local church’s history, our UCC denomination, and our theology. We will also get to know each other better and will practice for joining the church on Sept. 23. More information is available by contacting Jeannette@wscongo.org.