April 2nd is finally here. I feel like this date has taken a year get here. This Sunday our gathering times change to 9 am & 11 am and which gathering you choose matters.
Our 2nd gathering has been filling up and feels like it is bursting at the seems, then attendance drops for a few weeks and then it peaks again. Here’s why.
We’ve all be in to a busy resturant with too many people. It’s uncomfortable, you’re waiting for a seat or table, a parking spot is hard to come by. And what do we say to ourselves or maybe even to our family or friends? Probably not coming back here any time soon, it’s to busy.
When a church fills up like that, people respond the same way. On a busy Sunday during our 2nd gathering our parking lot has only a few spots left. When you come into the auditorium there are only a few seats left. We need to make some space to make sure we have the capacity to minister to all those God continues to send our way.
This Sunday you have 2 options.
1) You can stay at the gathering you normally attend (1st or 2nd gathering) and partner with us to make sure our guest feel welcome. You can do this by parking further back in the parking lot and sitting closer to the front in the auditorium. You can go out of your way to speak to a unfamiliar face and make sure they know you’re glad they are here with us this Sunday. When someone other than those specifically designated to welcome and greet people speak to a guest it goes a long way. One of my favorite things to see on Sunday mornings is you all making our guests feel welcome and helping them feel accepted here.
2) You can switch gatherings. We are looking for 20 people to move from the 2nd gathering and commit to the 9 am gathering. We have about 12 people already commited to moving to the 9 am gathering. Your commitment to switch gatherings helps us make space in the 2nd gathering. Most visitors to a church think church gatherings start sometime between 10 am & 11 am. Looking back we’ve had very few first time guests at our 8:30 am gathering in the past. You switching gatherings creates open space for first time guests. The added benefit is that you have the whole rest of your day a head of you. That’s more time to go to the beach or finish your grocery shopping. We need all those making the switch to partner with us too in parking further back, sitting closer to the front and extending a warm welcome to all our guests.
Homeport is an amazing place where we all experience God’s hand working in our lives, His presences among us whether its while we singing praises to Him, proclaiming His word as truth over our lives, or during our times of fellowship. We hold fond memories of friends and family experiencing the love of Jesus as we join together. Creating space offers someone else a chance to experience all this too. We need your help. Your decision matters!
You all are great. I love being a part of Homeport and can’t wait to see more lives changed by Jesus as we creating more space.