A View From the Belfry

July 7th, 2015 by Kali Lewis

Greetings from Benny, the bat in your stump of a belfry.  For the past several weeks I have noticed that we have newcomers in our church!  Fantastic!  We have been hoping and praying for new people in our church, and our prayers are being answered!  So what do we do?  During the time of greeting we say hello to our newcomers, or at least a few of us do.  We invite them to join us at social hour after church, and some of them do.  Then we go downstairs, and the long-term members all sit around the same table with their same friends they sit with each week.  If a table is full of six or seven people, everybody else grabs a chair from some other table and crowds in, until there are 14 or so people clustered tightly at one table.  Meanwhile, all the newcomers we wanted so badly and invited to social hour are sitting by themselves at tables with several empty chairs!  Once in a while one or two long-term members drop by and sit with the new people, but for the most part, we welcome them  by ignoring them!  What’s wrong with this picture??? Fortunately, I have a solution.  So that we all can sit at one table without leaving the newcomers out, why not get a large round table which seats 40 or 50 people and put it in the social hall?  That way, we can sit with our friends and with the newcomers at the same time.  Of course, the large new table will be a bit hard to get in the social hall, and I’m not sure it will fit, but those are probably minor issues.  If they are actually more like major issues, why not do something drastic?  Why don’t more of the long-term members sit with the newcomers???  I bet if we all did more of that, we would discover that they are really great people who would be wonderful new friends if we would just give them a chance!  How about it, folks?  Let’s treat our new friends as we would like to be treated if we were the new people in church!

A View from the Belfry bat