How to be a truly welcoming Church



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“Is your church welcoming?” asks Granton Parish Church’s video?

One Edinburgh congregation has made a short video looking at what makes a warm welcome. Rev Norman Smith, who’s minister at Granton Parish Church, says they wanted to highlight how to get things right, so they could avoid some of the common pitfalls, which can risk leaving newcomers feeling isolated.

“We had a lot of fun making the video,” he says. “We were aware of increasing research, such as our own Steve Aisthorpe’s new book ‘The Invisible Church’, which shows making people feel included and part of the group is really important.

“It seems self evident and a fundamental part of our Christian tradition, but a lack of warmth or the breakdown in the feeling of connection to the group is often cited as a reason people don’t return to church or longstanding members drift away. We hope the video is a short and fun way to remind ourselves people about the importance of getting the welcome right, and see it as an essential part of maintaining and growing our congregations.”

Most congregations pride themselves that new people coming into their church will get a warm welcome.

A recent Priority Areas blog from Fred Vincent stressed the value of that welcome in creating a lasting positive connection with newcomers to Church.

Here’s what Fred Vincent says in his blog

‘You’re welcome!’ said the elderly lady at the door as I went into a church at the top of my street in Govanhill which I hadn’t attended before. It wasn’t just that she spoke the words but she held out a hand and gave me a firm handshake which only served to reinforce that I was indeed welcome. The other lady standing in the foyer was tasked with taking me in to the church, and helpfully informed me ‘You can sit anywhere’.
I took the one empty chair on the corner of the back row, and the lady beside me took no time before welcoming me as well, and starting a little chat. After the prayers and before the sermon, I was also included in the distribution list for the sweets being passed along the back row.
The welcome at the entrance took me back many years to West Kirk Presbyterian church in Belfast. On the door Sunday by Sunday, Jack Fairfield (literally!) faithfully offered a welcome and a firm handshake to those who entered. The fact that I was a young person made no difference, I was welcomed as eagerly and faithfully as any. Jack F to this day epitomises for me the importance of a welcome into church. The fact that some thirty-five years later I still remember his welcome, and his faithfulness, bears witness to the affirmation I felt through him, and the sense of belonging I felt in the church.
I often hear people speak with genuine concern about the lack of young people in church (quite apart from the rest of the population as well!). When hearing this I am reminded of just how important it is to make sure children and young people (and adults as well) experience an affirming welcome when they are present, and for however short a time they are there.
It would be my hope that their experience is such that no matter where they go and what age they reach, every time they pass a church door (open or closed), they will remember their own ‘Jack F’, know themselves affirmed and feel comfortable about (and maybe even encouraged into!) returning someday.
Should they do so, may they find a welcome and a handshake at the entrance, like I did today; and, maybe even a sweet passed along the back row.
A moment of grace; thanks be to God!
Lord, have mercy.
Fred Vincent
Chance to Thrive Co-ordinator

Anne Gimenez – Rock Church – “The Sphere of the Believer Part 1”



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Bishop Anne Gimenez ministering at the rock church International on “The Sphere of the Believer Part 1” Bishop Anne Gimenez began her journey in ministry as a young female evangelist from Corpus Christi Texas. In 1968, along with her husband Bishop John Gimenez she founded the Rock Church International in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The couple also organized the Washington for Jesus and America for Jesus events, bringing thousands together in unity to pray for the nation. She is now the overseeing Bishop of hundreds of Rock Churches around the world throughout the United States, Liberia, India, and the Fiji Islands.

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The Fatherhood of God – Alistair Begg Sermon Teaching , Sunday Sermons, Church Services, Christian R



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The Fatherhood of God – Alistair Begg Sermon Teaching , Sunday Sermons, Church Services, Bible Study, Christian Revival, Gospel Salvation

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Alistair Begg is the Senior Pastor of Cleveland’s Parkside Church (located in Bainbridge, Geauga County, Ohio), a position he has had since 1983, and is the voice behind the Truth for Life Christian radio preaching and teaching ministry that broadcasts his sermons daily to stations across the U.S. He is also the author of several books. He graduated from theological college in London and served two churches in Scotland before moving to Ohio. He is married to Susan and together they have three grown children and five grandchildren.

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A Good Argument for God | Derek – Nevada | Atheist Experience 22.16



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The Atheist Experience episode 22.16 for April 22, 2018, with Matt Dillahunty and Jen Peeples.

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Jacksonville Passion Play 2016



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Featuring a choir, cast, and orchestra of more than 400, the 2016 Jacksonville Passion Play encompasses the entire story of redemption, beginning with Creation.

“And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.”-John 12:32

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Bishop Miquail M. Broadous at Cedar Grove Baptist Church Los Angeles CA



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March 30th 2016 at Cedar Grove Baptist Church 7623 8th Avenue Los Angeles California 90043 (A California Religious Corporation) visit our Facebook page and our website

Truths in Christianity | Mike – San Jose, CA | Atheist Experience 20.12



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The Atheist Experience 20.12 for March 27, 2016 with Matt Dillahunty and Tracie Harris.

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Jesus is Everything, March 7 1998, Brownsville Revival Pensacola FL



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Many nights Pastor Kilpatrick would have people give their testimonies about what God was doing in their life. Brownsville was in for a big surprise with this group of people that would end up on stage.

1st Joy from Tupelo, MS tells about how she was healed and much more.

2nd Danielle Morris from CA tells about how God made a way back to Pensacola to help with the harvest.

3rd was Dennis from Flomaton, AL. He was homeless man that God brought to the revival and was delivered from 20 years of drugs. Having no church background he tells how he knew it was God when he entered the church.

4th was Daniel from Tallahassee, FL, a 15 year old who came to the revival on a dare. He was caught at school with a switchblade and the principal dared Daniel to go to the revival. Full of rebellion and hating God, Daniel found himself in a front row set at the revival. What God did next in his life is amazing.

5th Angel, a young woman from Salisbury, Maryland finds herself moved upon by God and fighting the tears. The series of events that transpire next will blow you away. Her whole family and pastor Gloria Ortez end up on stage and explain how God has changed all of their lives The power of God moves on many of them as they give their testimonies.

John Blanchard – Rock Church – “Be Like Dad”



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Pastor John Blanchard Ministering on “Be Like Dad” Pastor John Blanchard and his wife Pastor Robin Blanchard are the Senior Pastors of the Rock Church International in Virginia Beach Virginia. Pastor John was an atheist who gave his life to the Lord at the age of 19, after having a personal encounter with the Holy Spirit. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Oral Roberts University and is the proud father to two daughters, Amelia and Asia.

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Christ Church Apostolic Indianapolis Fast of The Last Can’t (Official Video)



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Testimonies of how God blessed the Saints during the fast.

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Caller is Skeptical Why Hosts Don’t Believe in God | Mark – London, UK | Atheist Experience 21.48



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The Atheist Experience episode 21.48 for December 10, 2017 with Russell Glasser and Phil Session.

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The Healing of Forgiveness – Alistair Begg Sermon Teaching , Sunday Sermons, Church – Alistair Begg



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The Healing of Forgiveness – Alistair Begg Sermon Teaching , Sunday Sermons, Church – Alistair Begg
The Healing of Forgiveness – Alistair Begg Sermon Teaching , Sunday Sermons, Church Services, Bible Study, Christian Revival, Gospel Salvation

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Alistair Begg is the Senior Pastor of Cleveland’s Parkside Church (located in Bainbridge, Geauga County, Ohio), a position he has had since 1983, and is the voice behind the Truth for Life Christian radio preaching and teaching ministry that broadcasts his sermons daily to stations across the U.S. He is also the author of several books. He graduated from theological college in London and served two churches in Scotland before moving to Ohio. He is married to Susan and together they have three grown children and five grandchildren.

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