I’ve been working with a recently merged parish in the Archdiocese of Hartford for the past year and wanted to share their new Welcome Ministry Initiative with you today. It began as a seed in the mind of one of their new parishioners who received a bulletin and envelopes upon registration and is now a full blown ministry (even in the midst of Covid-19) to welcome parishioners. One of the older gentlemen who recently received a Welcome Bag said this to his son, “I have never had a Catholic Church welcome me like this! Gifts and information delivered right to my door!”
Ever go down an Internet Rabbit Hole? You know, when you read a great article then another then everything that author’s ever written and all of a sudden too much time has passed? No, just me then? Well, I’ll save you the trouble of all the reading and just share the article I stopped on that made me think. What your greeter ministry is doing wrong and how it can be better!
Being new can be scary. Getting to know people can be hard. Finding your place in a new parish can feel impossible! Make a plan for welcoming new parishioners today!