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What's the best practice for getting church visitors to fill out welcome cards?

Network readers, I need your help! I can't figure out why people aren't completing visitor cards. I know we probably have 1-2 visitors per week, but we're seeing 1-2 cards per month. Here's what we've been doing: - There is a "Communication Card" in every bulletin, and bulletins are handed out at the door each week - There are pens at the seats - Most weeks, whoever is leading worship makes an announcement about the card. We mention that we are glad to welcome any visitors, and ask them to fill out a card so we can thank them for visiting. The card also has a place for comments/questions/...
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How do ushers and greeters ensure that people feel welcomed at church?

We're asking the question at our church, "how do we do well at ushering and greeting?" specifically because we want to help newcomers feel welcome and help them get connected to others quickly at our church. I'm just looking for things you do at your church that have worked well, or perhaps experiences you may have had visiting other churches where you have felt welcomed. Thanks!
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Table for One

I stood there all by my lonesome. I stood there for a little bit too. Being about 6 foot 5 and that night wearing a very bright Hawaiian shirt and blue jeans, I couldn’t be missed. But I seemed to have been forgotten...

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A Case for Hospitality

The Apostle Paul was all in favor of hospitality. But his reasons for urging believers to be hospitable were visionary. He uses Romans 12 to tell people how to express it in their daily lives.

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MOSAIC at New Westminster CRC

Our congregation’s MOSAIC ministry began with a simple dinner invitation. We hosted 3 visiting Chinese scholars, and 2 Indian students. What a joy it was to learn of each other’s culture...

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Haunted by Grace

Two years ago I heard a young woman say, “I long to be part of a church that smells like Jesus.” Her longing forced me to stand in front of the mirror of self-reflection. 

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Belonging

Several years back, a middle-aged couple in our church told me: “We’ve been members here for 12 years and we still feel like outsiders.” 

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