Welcome to the Ministry of Greeter
"I was a stranger and you welcomed me" (MT. 25;35)
God gives gifts or charisms to each one of us to give to others, to build up the kingdom of God. A greeter has been given special knowledge and skill to make their ministry effective and build up the body of Christ.
In Christ, you have received God's unconditional love, and, in Christ, you are called to extend that same unconditional love to others. The ministry of greeting is perhaps the first exposure people have to Good Shepherd and perhaps the most crucial in the church because it is one of the most visible. It is a ministry vital to the saving work of the church.
First impressions are often lasting impressions. When a person steps into a church for the first time, he or she evaluates the atmosphere. He asks himself: "Will they accept me? Will it be easy to make friends? Will my spiritual and personal needs be met? Will it be easy to find my way around? Will my family like it here?"
Members/Visitors of Good Shepherd should be made to feel that it does make a difference that he/she is there and that someone is happy to see them.
Your willingness to serve as Greeter, reflects not only response to your Baptismal call to serve the people of God, but a commitment to Christ as you share in the welcoming, teaching and leading aspects of the church. You offer hospitality! Your willingness to commit to a schedule, to prepare properly for your service and to arrive on time dressed appropriately for your assigned Mass, further reflects that commitment.
Once trained and commissioned in this ministry, you will be given an identifying Greeter name badge. Wear this badge humbly for it signifies that you have accepted the awesome privilege of welcoming and being for others a representative of a welcoming gracious, God!