Posted by Brandi Wilson
Last week I did something I hadn’t done in quite a while on a Sunday… I brought a first time visitor to church.
Don’t get me wrong, I invite people to church. But, this situation was different for a number of reasons. One being the absolute only person my friend knew from Cross Point was Pete and I. Closely followed by the fact her church background was extremely sparse.
I accompanied her the whole day. I met her in the parking lot, checked her children into KidzWorld, escorted her to the sanctuary and sat inches away from her through the entire service and walked her back to her car. I mean, I was on her like white on rice.
The perspective I received was mind-blowing.
I observed like I’ve never observed before. I noticed how each childcare worker greeted her family. I observed directional signage as I haven’t before. I deeply felt the atmosphere of our lobby space. I processed every lyric on the screen during worship and how my friend was processing the same lyrics. I carefully paid attention to each word from my husband’s mouth as if I’d never heard him before. I looked at how clearly the programs were organized and how we receive first time visitors information. I passed the offering basket gently down the row.
Processing everything afterwards I felt extreme pride for our Cross Point staff and family. They all work so hard to create a welcoming environment where someone can experience Christ in a way they haven’t before.
The biggest surprised to me was the sensitivity I felt during every aspect of the service. Without a doubt I take for granted the comfort I feel on our campus, during worship and in one of our services.
Not only was I overjoyed my friend has joined me but I was felt extremely blessed to see Cross Point through new eyes.
When was the last time you escorted a new visitor through your church?