Shuck and Jive

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Test the Waters!

I have found this to be the most successful way of connecting visitors with our congregation.

Periodically, we hold Test the Waters sessions.

Saturday mornings from 10-1 which includes lunch, folks get a tour of the building, meet others in the congregation, learn about our ministries, and so forth. With no pressure to join. We have our next Test the Waters this Saturday. Here is the announcement:

Test the Waters!

On Saturday, May 17th from ten until one p.m., our congregation invites you to come and “test the waters.” If you have either visited us on occasion or have been attending regularly for awhile, or if this is your first time here, we would like you to find out more about us!

We would like to welcome you and give you an opportunity to learn more about our congregation, tour our facilities, become acquainted with our ministries, meet a few of our fine folks, and enjoy lunch together. It is a chance to test the waters and see if this congregation is a match for you as you search for a church home.

We are excited in that we have recently renovated our facilities with a newly remodeled fellowship hall, an adult education room, a nursery with separate rooms for infants and toddlers, two wheel-chair accessible restrooms, and a renovated bell choir and choir room. We are in the process of building a labyrinth and we hope to have it completed by this summer.

I have been the minister here for nearly three years and I am thrilled with the growth we have experienced. We are looking forward to starting some new ministries with children and families. These are exciting times for First Presbyterian and I hope that you will be a part of them.

Many people regard our congregation as an oasis. We are an inclusive, tolerant congregation that celebrates diversity and encourages open-minded reflection.

If you haven’t already found us on the web, please check our web site. There you will find our philosophy, an activities calendar, sermons, our newsletter and other interesting things.

Please mark Saturday, May 17th from 10 am until 1 pm on your calendar for you, your partner, your family, and even invite friends. Please let us know if you plan to attend so we can make preparations for lunch. Contact the church office if you have questions at 543-7737, or e-mail the pastor.


  1. This is a pretty interesting idea, esp. for neighborhood churches. Mind if we borrow it?

  2. Sounds like a good idea. Where do you advertise it? Local newspapers?

  3. Of course, you can borrow it! Mostly this if for folks who have been lurking around the church--I send it to our visitors' list. I do put it in the local paper now and then. It seems to work out well.