“Jesus was always the guest. At the meal tables of the wealthy where he pled the case of the poor, he was always the guest. Upsetting polite company, befriending isolated people, welcoming the stranger, he was always the guest. But here, at this table, he is the host. So come, you who hunger and thirst for a deeper faith, for a better life, for a fairer world. Jesus Christ, who has sat at our tables, now invites us to be guests at his.” The Iona Eucharistic prayer
Christ Church promotes hospitality and newcomer assimilation through its Welcoming & Hospitality Team. The mission of the Welcoming & Hospitality Team is to ensure every person who walks through the doors feels cared about, informed and included. Team members are dedicated to helping attendees to enter the church with a warm reception, and provide any assistance necessary for them to comfortably participate in the service. They especially seek to identify first-time visitors, provide them with a warm welcome and information about the church, and introduce them to the clergy and other church members. Each week our Team includes a member of the Vestry who joins in greeting people as they arrive.
There is nothing more heartfelt than the smiling faces of our hospitality greeters on Sunday mornings. Whether the greeter is 10 or 80, a warm smile, a welcome and a handshake are our pleasure to provide. If you are new to our parish, we can answer any questions you may have and we will introduce you to other church members who might be of interest to you. We always have a coffee hour after our services where you can learn about our programs, meet parishioners and begin to see if Christ Church is going to be your new faith home.
Our greeters also act as ushers during the offertory and direct parishioners during Communion. If you have a mobility concern, please let an usher know so that you can receive the appropriate assistance.
Interested in joining the Welcoming Team?
The Welcoming Team supports Christ Church through providing ushers and greeters at the 8:00 and 10:00 (9:30 in the summer) services . Greeters warmly welcome “regulars” and guests. Ushers hand out bulletins and help everyone get comfortably seated. Ushers and greeters also support guests by orienting them to our facilities, addressing any questions and helping them to connect with our ministers, leadership and the members of our parish. Serving on the Welcoming Team is a great way to meet the members of our parish and contribute to parish life. You may serve as an individual, with a partner or as a family. As a diverse parish, we love having people of all ages. For the 10:00 service please contact Judy Mikami (email: firstname.lastname@example.org; cell: 603-493-4609). We would love to have you!
Looking for Coffee Hour organizers and supporters: Tired of those proverbial donut holes? Want to mix it up in the hospitality department during coffee hour Sunday morning? Please contact Mark Pendleton or Sally Farrell if you would like to head and/or form a team to get a bit more creative and abundant in our weekly offering. Duties would include organizing a signup sheet and encouraging folks sign up.
Members of the Christ Church community enjoy gathering at various times for fun and fellowship. Whether it’s as simple as Coffee Hour following each liturgy, the annual Parish Picnics in May & September, Greening of the Church at Christmas, dinners in homes, or an outing to see the New Hampshire Fisher Cats baseball team, there are numerous opportunities to meet other members of the church and share in some fun. Please visit our Annual Events webpage to learn more about our fellowship events.