Welcoming the community at Living Nativity

Thanks to everyone who has signed up to be a part of this year’s Living Nativity. Both sign ups, starring roles and behind the scenes, are going really well. There’s still places to serve in both so take a look at the link if you plan to be a part.

Last week I mentioned that one of our goals is to create a reverent, worshipful environment outside at the nativity scene. I gave some suggestions about how we all can help make that happen.

This week I want to mention another important, and maybe the most important, aspect of Living Nativity and that’s our guests. It’s not unusual for us to have 100 or more outside guests each night if the weather is good. And we want to do everything we can to make them feel welcome and comfortable and to leave them with a great first impression of our church.

So we go out of our way with our hospitality at Living Nativity, from having our sidewalks lined with luminaries, to greeters at the doors, to great food and deserts. Here are a few ways you can help us make a great first impression.

  • Invite someone. This is a great, guest-friendly event and it’s a great event to invite someone to. Consider who you might invite this year.
  • Introduce yourself to people you don’t know. It’s easy for us to gravitate toward the people we are already connected to in the church but for this event I want to encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and meet some new folks and thank them for being with us.
  • Help people find their way. If someone looks like they are looking for something or need something they probably do. At our peak times the Skylight Room can get really crowed and it’s sometimes difficult to know where to go for the nativity scene, kids crafts or restrooms. Don’t hesitate to ask people what they need and then help them find it.
  • Plan to give up your seat and maybe even your food. The food is great at Living Nativity. We have lots of cookies and sweets and a bunch of homemade soup and chili. We will set up as many tables and chairs as we can but at peak times those tend to fill up quickly. Please be sensitive to this and don’t stay too long in one spot. And if it looks like all the seats are taken, offer to give yours up so our guests have a place to sit.

I’ve said before that Living Nativity is one of my favorite things we do. It’s one of the few times where the community and the church come together in such numbers. Thank you in advance for making it another great event this year.

See you Sunday.