A new resource pack aimed at making churches more welcoming has been published for parishes. The Everybody Welcome materials, including leader’s manual, training DVD and booklets for the congregation, is designed to help churches turn visitors into committed churchgoers. The course has been produced by the Ven Bob Jackson, Archdeacon of Walsall, and George Fisher – Lichfield’s director of Parish Mission. The course advises on social skills like making eye contact, smiling and remembering people’s names, as well as training a welcome team to befriend newcomers, making services more attractive and the refreshments more palatable. Research indicates that 85 per cent of people visit a church every year, so more needs to be done to encourage them to come back.
Source: www.religiousintelligence.com (29/7)