Over the years, I have heard many "church-going" people describe their community of faith as a "friendly church." Whenever I hear this, I think to myself: "That's great... but what does it actually mean?" To a large extent, I'm sure the answer to the question is a bit different to each person; but it is obviously important to folks.
The flipside of that question: I have never heard anyone publicly describe their church as "unfriendly" (though I have attended many that felt that way to me). I sense a breakdown here...
So... what is the difference between a friendly and an unfriendly church?
Here are two keys of a friendly church for us to ascribe to.
1. A friendly church notices new people and is attentive to them
. Liken it to your own home: when someone comes in, you naturally greet them at the door and are attentive to them once they're inside right? The same is true for church. They are in your "house," so take a step to notice someone new by greeting them. Then go an extra mile: be attentive to them once they're inside. Offer to sit with them. Show them where the coffee and the bathrooms are. I think most churches do fine greeting people at the door, but often treat them like strangers once they're inside.
2. A friendly church is a church where it's easy to make new friends
We have cool facebook pictures, a good web presence, and there are lots of people around... isn't that enough to make us a friendly church? Truth is... it's not
. In fact, new visitors can be in for a rude awakening if we portray a friendly image though the reality inside is different. Simply put, a friendly church makes room for new friends rather than clinging only to those people already have.
Why do I share all this?
We want to be a friendly church (and I believe we are)! Every Sunday, ask yourself: "Did I even notice a new person? Is my posture/body language communicating that I am interested in them? Am I willing to make room in my life to be friends with them?"
If we notice new people and don't treat them like a friend, that's not very "friend-ly." Makes sense right? Every week, we have new visitors (this week with Christafari performing, we're bound to have more)...
So... NOTICE A NEW PERSON and make a new FRIEND this Sunday!
CHRISTAFARI [Reggae Worship]-THIS Sunday November 17th
Reggae worship band Christafari (Pastor Obie's band) is coming to City Church THIS Sunday November 17th to lead worship at both services.
If you have been around for a while, you might remember that Mark Mohr (lead singer) has spoken for us a few times in the past. Additionally, Avion (Mark's wife) has sung at our church before as well. But... this is going to be the first time we've had the whole band!
To add a little icing on top of the cake, Pastor Obie will be giving his first message at City Church that week. We are looking forward to watching God use him on the platform.
Family Dedication Service - Happening Sunday December 1st
CALLING ALL PARENTS/FAMILIES
: Sunday December 1st City Church will be having a "Family Dedication Service." If you have never dedicated your child, this is a great opportunity.
What is family dedication?
At City Church, we teach/preach that parents are the primary spiritual leaders of the home. The church plays a supporting role to the family. To keep in line with that thinking, we practice "family dedication" where parents dedicate themselves to raise their children in an environment where their kids can know the Lord.
What happens at these services?
We ask all parents to write a blessing for their child and then we give them the opportunity to actually speak their blessing over their child at church. It's a pretty powerful experience to witness. Finally, our pastors pray over all the kids and families.
Are you interested in family dedication?
If so, email email@example.com
today and we will get you signed up in the classes and moving forward in the process. There are two helpful classes to help guide you through this. Do it!