We Welcome You!

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So I saw this on social media and thought I’d share it here too. I’ve adapted it to make it more personal to ABC. Coventry Cathedral were acknowledged on Facebook as the author but after popping along to their website they don’t claim to be the author – so if anyone reading this knows who the original author is do let us know so they can get the credit they deserve.

We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, straight, gay, confused.

We especially welcome wailing babies and excited toddlers.

We welcome you whether you can sing like Pavarotti or just growl quietly to yourself.

You’re welcome here if you’re ‘just browsing,’ just woken up or just got out of prison.

We don’t care if you’re more Christian than the Archbishop of Canterbury, or haven’t been to church since Christmas ten years ago.

We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome keep-fit mums, football dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters.

We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted.

We welcome you if you’re having problems, are down in the dumps or don’t like ‘organised religion.’ (We’re not that keen on it either!)

 We offer a welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or are here because granny is visiting and wanted to come to church.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced, both or neither.

We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down their throat as kids or got lost on the A40 and wound up here by mistake.

We welcome pilgrims, tourists, seekers, doubters… and you!

Christmas is coming!

So we’re busy preparing for Christmas here at ABC and ABC Kids have a few events lined up for the Christmas period.  Where we aim to share the Good News of Jesus’ birth.

Firstly, we have a Christmas Craft day on Saturday 10th December from 10 am – 2pm

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For more information take a look at our website or Facebook Event. We have discounted entry prices for families.

Next we have our ‘No-Rehearsal Nativity’ on Sunday 11th December, where anything can happen.  There are no rehearsals, just pop on a costume and take part.  We already have our Mary, Joseph and Angel Gabriel arranged. We need some shepherds, angels, wise men (and women!), innkeepers, a star, a donkey, and an audience in fine voice!

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We will then be having a party at our ABC Toddlers group on Monday 12th December

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Then we have our Carol service and Christmas Day service.

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We hope to see you at one (…or all) of our Christmas events.

If you have any questions about any of our events please get in touch at abckids@abergavennybaptist.co.uk

8 Practical ways to serve others at church

[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