We have had a few new faces at our church recently – and, as ever, they have been welcomed with open arms. However, it got me thinking about how hard it might be to move to a new area and get more involved with a new community. So, I got my thinking cap on and sketched out a few ideas for anyone who might be in that situation. If you have any more tips, I would love to hear them, so feel free to share!
Offer to work
All churches rely on their congregations and communities to help out – so offering your services is a great way to get involved quickly. Think about your skills and how they can help. If you have a friendly face and are great with people, you could try ushering or door greeting. If you work in marketing, you could help your church with some awesome ideas of how to spread the Word. Or, you could offer yourself up to repair things if you are handy with a bag of tools.
Get involved with music
If you can sing or play an instrument, then join the choir or church band. It’s a lot of fun, and you will meet a lot of people with similar interests. Not every church has a choir or band, of course. But, if this applies to your new place of worship, why not think about starting one? Sometimes, people just need someone to take the reins and make things happen – and that person could be you!
Start a fundraiser
Another way to ingratiate yourself with a church community is to start raising funds. Again, it’s a great way to meet people, and your church will benefit a lot from your efforts. Check out my post on fundraising for schools – you can apply similar ideas to church fundraising, too.
It can be tough for some people to move into a new area – particularly if you are shy. But, friendly places will always offer invitations to dinner or events, and it’s important you make an effort. Don’t let your shyness hold you back, and get out there and meet people when the offers are on the table! It will also give you the opportunity to return the favor, and you will start to make some long lasting relationships.
Find out what’s going on
Make sure you know what’s going on at the church and attend everything you can. There will be fundraisers, reading groups, trips out to a C
hristian retreat center, and all kinds of other things. The more you do, the more people you will meet. And, the quicker you will find yourself at the center of your church’s activities.
Start a group
Church communities are excellent places to explore your interests at a deeper level. And, there’s a good chance that others will feel the same way you do about your favorite subject. Just pick a topic you love and put the word out in your church bulletin. Find someone to help organize the group, and away you go!
So, there you have it – some great ideas for those of you who are moving to a new area. I hope you can take something from his post, and wish you all the best in your new home!
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