As a part of the national “Bring a Friend to Church Sunday” initiative, PCPC will share this year with over 3,000 churches in the United States observing Sunday, September 20th, 2015 as “Bring a Friend to Church Sunday.” Research shows that the majority of people who visit churches, and who go on to find a church home there, arrive for the first time through the personal invitation of a friend – someone they trust — such as a neighbor, relative, business associate, or school friend. Really, every Sunday should be Bring a Friend to Church Sunday, but there are benefits in a shared special emphasis on one Sunday.
-On September 20th, PCPC will have hospitality packets for visiting friends available in the breezeway with information about the church and a small gift like a church coffee mug or music CD.
-We’ll have extra refreshments in the Fellowship Hall for visiting friends that day, and one table in the Fellowship Hall where you’ll be able to find staff members or church leaders to help answer questions or greet your friends.
-All of the Sunday morning classes and services will be prepared to welcome visitors and guests who may like to sit in on any of the classes.
-In the breezeway there will be a station from which people will be leaving regularly to take folks on tours of the church campus. It will be like an open house! ☺
It should be a welcoming and friendly day, and here’s how you can take part:
-Begin to pray now about who the Spirit might lead you to invite. We are especially interested in welcoming people who don’t already have a church home in this area. We hope you’ll look particularly for a friend who isn’t already regularly attending a church.
-Consider what you might say in the invitation.
-Pick up from the church office a copy of the brochure “Conversation Starters To Help You Invite a Friend To Church.”
We’ll be sharing in this special Sunday with our partner churches at Bel-Mar, Saint John, and Bayshore Presbyterian. The pastors of PCPC will be prepared to send a personalized follow-up letter with a copy of the church newsletter to all who visit on that Sunday, September 20th.
The goal is not simply to have lots more people at PCPC, but to practice evangelism.
The church’s mission of welcoming into the faith those who may be seeking, never nurtured faith, or simply never have been invited.
“… I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father.” – John 15:15 (NRSV)
Sunday, September 20th Worship Calendar
8:30 & 11:00 am – Sanctuary Worship (John DeBevoise preaching)
9:00 am – Connection Worship (David Bonnema preaching)
6:00 pm – Vespers Service – Service of quiet Scripture reading, prayer, and contemplation