[Not ABC Kids related]
From arriving early, to sitting at the front, here’s some ideas for putting others first.
1. Arrive early
Church doesn’t start when the first hymn starts – it starts as God’s people gather together! There’s lots of good reasons to arrive early – not least of all more time to fellowship together. Arriving early is also an act of service to others as we welcome new people, and offer to help with anything that might need to happen before the service starts.
2. Say ‘hi’ to someone you’ve never met before
We all know what it’s like to go to an event where we don’t know anyone else. It’s awkward and uncomfortable. New people visit our church each week, and this is how they’re feeling! The simple act of saying hi to a newcomer is a great way to help them feel more comfortable, and is a practical way to love others as we would like to be loved (who enjoys standing awkwardly on their own?!).
3. Sit close to the front
When new people come to church, they’re nervous enough already, without being required to walk to the front of church to find a seat! When regulars sit close to the front, it makes it less awkward for newcomers to slip in the back unnoticed.
4. Pre-service prayer
Join Mike and the Deacons before the start of the services, we meet together to pray for the service. This is a very important part of the service – committing all we do to God, and asking for him to be glorified in our time together. Please don’t be put off if you’re daunted about praying in a group – you don’t need to pray, but your presence would be a great encouragement!
5. If you see rubbish lying around, put it in the bin
Church is more like a home than a hotel – we each need to take responsibility for caring for how it looks, and not expect others to do this for us. When you see rubbish lying around (e.g. papers around the bin in the bathroom), please don’t wait for someone else to pick it up.
6. Thank people who serve you
At church each week, we’re served by others who prepare morning tea, preach, work with the children’s groups, provide the music, work the technology, pray, welcome, clean the kitchen – you get the idea! Let’s not take each other for granted, but instead make the most of every opportunity to encourage one another and build each other up.
6. Chat about the sermon after the service
After the final hymn, take the opportunity to chat with others about the sermon. Reflect on how you were challenged, and share how God has encouraged you through His word. If it’s appropriate, spend a few minutes praying – on your own, or with the people sitting nearby.
7. Add your name to a rota
Are you able to serve the church in anyway… coffee mornings, toddler groups, leading prayer or worship, reading the bible passage, organising the technology, helping with the children’s work, helping with the upkeep of the building… the list is endless!
8. Pray then and there
If you’re chatting with someone after church and they mention something that would be good to pray for, pray then. Don’t say “I’ll be sure to pray for that later”, because you may forget. And it’s also really encouraging and worthwhile to pray right then and there.
What would you add to this list?
This has been adapted from an article by Steven Kryger You can read the original article here