Our Sunday morning greeters perform the simple, yet vital task of welcoming our congregation and visitors to church each Sunday. All that is required is a smile, a welcoming spirit and a willingness to serve Christ and our church family. More information can be obtained by clicking the “How to Greet” button below.
How To Greet
Thank you for considering joining or continuing to volunteer with our Greeters Ministry at First United Methodist Church. Our Sunday morning greeters perform the simple, yet vital task of welcoming our congregation and visitors to church each Sunday. All that is required is a smile, a welcoming spirit and a willingness to serve Christ and our church family.
As a greeter, you will play an essential role in making worshippers feel welcome in our church. You are the first person to greet any person who comes to our church. We hope you enjoy your role as a greeter. It’s a great way to get to know your church family while you provide a very important service. If you have any questions or problems, we encourage you to speak to the Greeters Ministry Coordinator or any member of the church staff.
General Responsibilities of Greeters
Greeters are responsible for greeting Sunday morning worshippers at the front door. We ask that you be in position 15 minutes before the service. You may leave your position once the service begins. We have three Sunday morning services: 8:00 a.m. Traditional, 9:30 am Contemporary and 11:00 am Traditional. You will be asked to serve as a greeter for one specific worship service and will be able to serve as often as your schedule and the ministry needs coincide.
Should you be unavailable to attend a service that you have been scheduled to greet, please let the Greeters Ministry Coordinator know. Our coordinator is Marla Dernay and you may reach her at home at 219-627-3198.
At least 15 minutes before the service
- Check the entry area (foyer, narthex) for cleanliness and tidiness.
- Fix what needs to be straightened up.
- Grab a mint to ensure fresh breath
- Be sure that you are familiar with answers to common questions like ‘where is the bathroom?’
As people enter
- Greet people in an appropriate fashion. Handshakes are typical, but be sensitive to closed postures of those who don’t like handshakes. We ask that greeters refrain from initiating hugs; though you may, of course, return them if you feel comfortable.
- Greet every person who comes through the doors.
- Greet people by name if you are able.
- Be sure to greet the children too!
- If you tire of “Good Morning!” here are some other ideas of what to say: “Welcome!” “We’re glad to see you!” “Hello!” “Can I help you with…?”
Noticing church visitors
- Look for people you don’t recognize.
- Offer your name and see if they offer theirs.
- Don’t lavish too much attention on first time visitors. Take your cue from the visitor.
- Offer to answer questions they may have or encourage them to visit the Welcome Center to obtain more information.
- If there are children with the visitor, offer information about Sunday School and/or Nursery. If you do not know that information, simply direct them to the Welcome Center.
Providing extra care where needed
- Try to notice if someone needs help with a walker, crutches, or wheelchair – hold the door for them when possible
- Be aware that children might be shy but still offer them a greeting
- If someone looks confused or unsure, offer to help them. You can always direct them to the Welcome Center for more information.