Thursday, December 1, 2011

Invite Someone this Christmas

Its that time of year when people feel an urge to come back to Church.  It is a good thing!

Why not invite your friend, neighbor, coworker who may be looking for a Church home or a place to come just for the season., to St. Peter's?

Do it!  Just as Canon Frank Logue puts it:
Christmas will be upon us sooner than I care to imagine.
With it, as with Easter, comes one of our two best opportunities to
invite friends, family and co-workers to join you for worship. Survey
after survey shows that most southerners who do not have a church home
will react favorably to an invitation to church at these times of year.
Even in this post-Christendom age many are culturally conditioned toward
Christmas and Easter worship.

This is a great time of year to make sure that you have flyers about
your Christmas liturgies and any other special events, such as Lessons
and Carols. Encourage everyone in your congregation to give them to
friends, family and co-workers with an invitation to join your church family for Christmas. The one caveat is this: even
if the person reacts favorably, and even says they will come, they might
well not darken the church doors this Feast of the Nativity. Most of us
then decide that the seed has been scattered on soil not yet disposed
toward growth and then never make another invitation. This is where we
can easily fail in scattering seed.

It may well take a Christmas invitation, followed by an Easter
invitation, followed by yet another Christmas invitation before your
friends actually show up for church. Never underestimate the inertia
that must be overcome to make the move from not attending church to
worshipping faithfully. Keep the invitations persistent and low key,
always making sure folks know they are welcome, without ever making
someone feel bad for not showing up. That is how such seeds are
consistently scattered.

Read his whole article here or here.

A handy flyer regarding our Advent & Christmas services is here.

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