by Karen Peterson, co-lead Greeter Ministry
As we moved back into our beautiful worship space, our clergy and vestry looked for ways to be more welcoming, especially to visitors.
As a result, we formed a greeter ministry. Greeters working with the Parish Administrator and Family Minister were able to greet people, welcome visitors and provide activity bags to children at our Palm Sunday and Easter services.
We are asking for volunteers to help with this ministry. Very simply, two greeters hang out in the Narthex or outside of the church and welcome people to church services. Ideally, they will seek out visitors and other newcomers, providing them with church information and welcoming them to the special place that is St. Thomas.
Generally, by the time the readings begin, greeters should be able to take their seats in the Nave for the remainder of the service. Being available to wish people well following the service is helpful.
As a new member of St. Thomas, I have found being a greeter has been very helpful for me to get to know congregants who have been members longer or who are long-time visitors. The more greeters we have on the team, the more efficient the ministry will be.
Won’t you join us in this fledgling, simple way to welcome people to the love of Christ?