Welcoming New Worshipers

At our last All Ages worship the children were introduced to a new member of the congregation.  He comes from the UK, but had been living in Victoria, Canada for a time, and is now comfortably at home in Freiburg, Germany.  Charlie the Church Mouse was a bit shy a did not want to come out into the crowd of children who have gathered. The children patiently waited until Charlie was ready and his welcome by the children was a warm one.  There were lots of questions for Charlie, about where he came from, and how old he was.  In return, Charlie in a quiet mouse voice, asked the children some questions about the Bible passages that he had heard that morning.

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Charlie made his way from Chester Cathedral

The church has a tradition of inviting new members to a special gathering where they can become more familiar with the church, the activities and the people.  There are a number of more informal ways that parishioners have opened their homes up to newcomers for a dinner, or social gathering.

Charlie has reminded us that large, or small we are called to welcome all people (and mice).

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