St. Dunstan’s Hospitality

The Sunday Welcoming Spirit

Walking up to the church breezeway on a Sunday morning is a pleasurable experience.  The first person you’ll encounter is a parishioner, who greets you with a handshake or a hug. A few steps on are more parishioners behind a table with name tags, including a supply of blanks and a Sharpie so you’ll have a name tag if you’re a first-time visitor.  Another few steps and someone will hand you a bulletin.  Oh, and did we mention by now you can smell the aroma of coffee brewing? And hear our organist warming up in the sanctuary?

This is Sunday at St. Dunstan’s, with a welcoming spirit that extends into the week for visitors who come to visit with our clergy or meet with our staff.

Our Hospitality Continues Beyond Services and Throughout the Year

We gather as a parish for fellowship and light bites weekly after the 8 and 10 am services and on other occasions.  There is an annual parish picnic with good eats for all (and a taco truck!) and activities for children.  Our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services are followed by receptions catered by parishioners and featuring the best of their holiday creations.  Easter, too, brings out the bakers and the bunny.  Our “Music at St. Dunstan’s” organ concerts feature a reception either before or after a performance. Throughout the year, other celebrations are marked with food and friendship.

Newcomers’ Ministry

Our Newcomers’ Ministry is key to welcoming people who may have just found St. Dunstan’s and are looking for a way into a faith community.  They’re invited to a dinner prepared by parishioners and hosted by the rector at the rectory.  Informal chatting takes place before and during dining and a time for sharing and stories of faith journeys takes place during dessert.  It has become a wonderful way for newcomers to learn about St. Dunstan’s, get to know people, and how they may contribute to ministries that need their talents.  We also profile newcomers in our e-weekly newsletter as a way of introducing them to the parish and helping parishioners get to know them.

The Rector’s Role in Our Hospitality

The rector plays a key role in our hospitality effort. As one parishioner recently reminisced: “When we were looking for a church, the rector reached out to us right away and the St. Dunstan’s parishioners were approachable, welcoming and supportive. We soon became used to the stimulating and energizing sermons and became aware of and began participating in the extensive outreach activities. We think that this is one example of how a rector can attract new members.”

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