Every member of FUMC is a minister of hospitality. Those specifically designated to serve in this ministry regularly remind us of our own call to this God-like spirit. They welcome our guests each Sunday, and they awaken within us our oneness in Christ. They serve the health and wholeness of the entire community.
One area of the ministry of hospitality includes the basic responsibilities of the Usher which include:
· Being attentive to the special seating needs of families and individuals
· Maintaining a spirit of order and calm;
· Taking up the collection;
· Facilitating the communion procession;
· Managing any emergencies;
· Offering the bulletin to people as they enter the church building.
Another ministry of hospitality includes the role of Greeter, whose responsibilities might include:
· Greeting people as they enter the church building with a smile and words of welcome;
· Shaking hands with people, as the situation permits (following Covid);
· Greeting people by name, when possible;
· Generating a spirit of welcome and belonging for all members.
A new component of the ministry of hospitality is Parking Lot Team, whose responsibilities might include:
• Smiling and waving at cars as they arrive and depart from the parking lots.
• Clearly directing guests to parking spots and
• Giving first-timers, the handicapped, and latecomers priority parking.
• Directing guest to appropriate building for the service they will be attending.
Parking Team, Ushers and Greeters are often the first point of contact for people arriving for worship. That first greeting sets the tone for each individual person. It can provide a sense of belonging and connection for a guest or a member. The minister of hospitality has a very serious role to play in setting the tone for worship.
Ministers of hospitality, will be offered effective training to be open and aware of the importance of their role so that they can maintain the God-given spirit of this ministry. Before joining the ministry of hospitality, yourself, consider the following qualities. A minister of hospitality will have or learn:
• The ability to make eye contact, smile and talk to strangers;
• Basic understanding of the structure of the service of worship
• A love for First UMC Brenham
• A prayerful and calming presence; and
• An ability to see the face of Christ in every person
Each hospitality minister needs to spend time in prayer and reflection before coming to the church to serve. Our hearts and minds need to be filled with the presence of God, so that we can offer that loving spirit to others.
To become a part of this important ministry within the church contact the church office.