We attend a fairly large church in Minneapolis that has approximately 400+ people. It’s quite different than the previous church I attended which has 25-30 members.
So ~ it’s no wonder that trying to adapt and fit into a “group” has been challenging, especially when these groups seem so tight knit.
One day it was announced that one of the members of the church was transferring to a smaller church which is closer to where we live. I hadn’t even know it was there ~ a new church plant.
So one day we decided to attend this church just to check it out.
This church plant rents space from another church but signs were visible as to where to go. The greeter was quite friendly and pointed us in the direction we should go along with handing us a church bulletin.
When we arrived at the entry to the sanctuary, there was a Bible study class in session so we decided to wait until that was finished. That’s when we met the Pastor who was also friendly. He told us that the church had mailed letters to the surrounding area inviting people to attend and he wasn’t sure why we hadn’t received one.
Soon enough the service started and everything went as planned per the bulletin handed to us.
Right after the closing song was sung, a child of about three came over to where we were sitting and handed me a handmade card.
It brought such a huge smile to my face.
Smaller churches certainly have a more personal feel to them. Hmmm … wonder if we should continue attending “where everybody knows your name.”