From the Pastor’s Heart
Two years ago, we began a Saturday morning outreach visitation effort to welcome new residents to our area. After obtaining a list of names and addresses from Stafford County, we mailed letters. This was the “artillery” – our first contact with new residents, letting them know a little about who we are and what we believe and inviting them to consider making this church their spiritual home. Then came the “infantry” – some of us taking freshly-baked bread (prepared by several church members), a church brochure, and Have a Good Day to these folks and personally welcoming them to the neighborhood.
Sometimes we were a bit frustrated when we found only a few at home. But typically those we met have been cordial; some even invited us in for coffee and to get better acquainted. A few have attended worship here, and have become part of this church. We’re thankful for that blessing. Even if no one ever joined us because of these efforts, it would still be a good thing to welcome folks to the area and invite them to worship here.
Through the months, participation in this visitation effort has dwindled. Perhaps it’s because Saturday morning is not a good time for you to visit, it’s not a good time to find people at home, you’re involved in other ministries, or you have conflicting responsibilities. Whatever the reason for sparse participation, this outreach is in jeopardy of being discontinued, unless I hear from enough of you who are willing to get involved to make it work.
I’m convinced that this outreach is a wonderful ministry, “seed-planting” time that will yield a harvest years from now. So I want us to continue the effort. But the process obviously needs adjusting.
If you want to help keep this outreach going, please sign up on the bulletin board in the hallway next to the fellowship hall.
It may be that we will want to visit some other time than Saturday morning—let me know what you think. It may be there’s a better way to do it—please share your ideas with me. In the near future, I’ll let you know when we’ll get together to reorganize—and hit the road again sharing the love of God by welcoming new folks to our area and inviting them to join us on a journey of faith.
Pastor Johnny R. Almond
Hull’s Memorial Baptist Church
Friends on a Journey of Faith