Hospitality is an area not everyone feels gifted in, but is something we can all grow. We are blessed at Fellowship to have men and women that have been living in community with other believers for many years. Home Church desires to tap into their wealth of knowledge and share thoughts and ideas that they have from serving so many years.
1. Be hospitable to all but especially to any new faces in your group-extend a welcome and ask them a few questions about themselves help them get connected with others in the group by introducing them around or playing a get to know you game. Call them, send them an email or card of encouragement after their first couple of visits. Exchange contact information (emails/cell #’s) in case they have any questions, need a ride or get lost en route to the host site.
2. Keep the food simple: if you are doing snacks just have a few pick -up and go items. One idea for doing full meal is making it a potluck. Free the host to only be responsible for cleaning their house & providing drinks and paper products. If the host desires to provide main entree, then the other HC members can provide the sides. Home Church should not be a burden to anyone, especially the host/hostess
3. Plan a social every semester for greater connection – something fun with no official agenda. Examples: have a game night with cards or board games; bring your favorite “food” night to share; go caroling at Christmas; meet at the park for water melon; have an old movie night, etc. Remember to keep expenses down so all can participate.
Overall, enjoy the people of your Home Church while ensuring they feel part of the family.
Susie Walker (left) and Beverly Tallent (right) are known for their heart for Jesus and to open their homes and lives to others. We are thankful for their contribution to giving us some tips to grow in the area of hospitality.