When we remodeled our sanctuary in 2013, we also added a Welcome Table outside the sanctuary. On Sundays, we have a Welcome Team known as ambassadors to greet our visitors and provide information for our community. Ambassadors keep an eye out for anyone walking by who is carrying the Welcome Pamphlet from the service or just appears to be looking for information and introduce themselves. We ask them questions such as how they came to find our church, where they live, and briefly invite them to visit hospitality, the bookstore, prayer chaplains and meditation gardens. We sometimes offer to give a tour and introduce them to others around campus. Our goal is for new or even not-so-new people to feel a connection to our beloved spiritual community.
Flyers for current and upcoming events are also available at the table. As well as a place to collect email addresses for those who want to stay connected with Unity of Tustin.
Ambassadors act as a resource for our community. We don’t know everything but have a general understanding of our church and know where to refer people. We are familiar with staff responsibilities, church events and publications, and selfless service opportunities. Each ambassador serves approximately once per month for about 20 minutes at the table outside the sanctuary after the 9:00 or 11:00 services.
We’ve found it to be fun meeting new people. We now have more friends at church, and we learn something new all the time, either about our church as we help someone find an answer to their question or an interesting detail about someone’s life. Susan says, “I know our team is making a difference when someone tells me they’ve been coming to our church since I welcomed them on a past Sunday.”
Do you feel called to join the Ambassador Team? We would like to grow our team and our ability to reach newcomers and our community in general. It isn’t necessary to be an expert on Unity of Tustin. We will provide training ahead of time so you will feel comfortable relaying information about our church community and you will always work with a team member. All you need is a willingness to be welcoming and helpful. If you are interested, stop by the table after service or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to have you!
“I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Matthew 25: 35