Section Greeters provide a warm welcome to everyone sitting in their section of worship, guests and members alike. Section Greeters also provide a level of connection for guests looking for information or simply looking for a friendly person.
The six most important minutes of a church service, in our guests’ eyes, are the three minutes before the service and the three minutes after the service. Here’s some information to help you manage that priceless time:
- Arrive early to the worship. Stay a few minutes after the service.
- Friendliness is expected. Hospitality shows you care. Inform people who don’t know you where you will be sitting so they can catch you after service if they need anything.
- Welcome without commotion. A fine line exists between being friendly and being desperate. Don’t go overboard or make a fuss. This can be misinterpreted as being overkill for your guests.
- Do not neglect greeting children. If you are able, kneel to the eye level of children and greet them enthusiastically.
- Have a bulletin with you for reference to information. If people have questions that you cannot answer, tell them that you will find out and follow up with them later (get contact info). Sometimes a church member sitting nearby can answer questions, too. NEVER SAY, “I DON’T KNOW!”
- Gently encourage visitors to fill out a Connection Card and place it in the offering plate when we worship with our giving.
- Introduce visitors to those in your section whom you know.
- To discover if a person is new or has visited before, a safe question to ask is, “How long have you attended First Baptist?” Responses will range from “This is my first time” to “For a while now.”
- Be alert to people from your section who respond during the invitation and response time. You do not have to go up with them but don’t let them remain at the front alone at the end of the service. During the closing prayer, you may move to the front to be with them. You may be the only person they’ve met at church!
If you know someone in your section, greet them and move on to someone else, especially paying attention to those you’ve not met.
For those you’ve not met, or visitors whom you see on occasion, state, “Welcome to First Baptist, I’m (your name).”
To discover if a person is new or has visited before, a safe question is, “How long have you attended First Baptist?” Responses will range from “This is my first time” to “For a while now.”
After opening a conversation, simply state that you’re glad to see them and hope to see them next week. If conversation ensues, be polite and engage. Remember to inform visitors where you are sitting should they need something after worship.
Enlisting others to help
You are not in this alone! There are many people who sit in your section on a regular basis. Enlist them to assist you on occasion, especially on those days you know you will be gone. Consider yourself the “lead greeter” for your section. Share the joy!
Invitation and response time
Be alert to people from your section who go forward during the invitation and response time. You do not have to go up with them but don’t let them remain at the front alone at the end of the service. During the closing prayer, you may opt to move to the front and stand beside them if you’d like.
The big question is: What is my section? Note your area in the floor plan below: