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.
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).