Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all!

It strikes me that what we do in Explore is worth sharing with a larger group of people.  The word’s going to spread!  Who do you know that you could bring along with you on a Sunday?  They could be any age.  If they might be nervous coming on a Sunday, would they enjoy interacting with some of the discussions here on this blog?

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We have an Explore ‘business card’.  Who could you give one to with a warm invitation?  Where could you leave one or pin one to a board?  Sometimes when someone sees something several times it encourages them to act!

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This coming Sunday we are beginning our new series Exploring Jesus, it’s an ideal time for some new friends to join in! 

Marginal incremental gains

I read about a Church that worked on improving some small things by just 1%, a little bit.  The idea is that lots of ‘little bits’ add up to make a big difference.  They challenged themselves to do 1% more praying on a Saturday night to commit Sunday to God, 1% of 24 hours was just under 15 minutes, so they tried to pray for 15 minutes.  They tried to make 1% more smiles – it’s amazing what a smiling face does to someone’s sense of being welcomed!  They encouraged one another to eat 1% more food, provided it was with someone else during the week somewhere.  Meals eaten with others make a difference.

What little difference could we each make as a Church family that would individually feel like a small sacrifice, but together would make a big difference?

Critical non-essentials

One writer talks about the importance of critical non-essentials.  For example, if the Church building is too cold, the sound system is poor, the pews are uncomfortable, there’s no welcome for visitors or no refreshments, it is hard to concentrate and engage.  These things aren’t essential to what we do but they can be a source of putting people off.

What do you think might be barriers in the way for people who come to our meetings?