These notes were first published on this website in June 2014 and last updated in April 2018
Churches spend time planning their Sunday (or weekday) services with care. They may also plan the welcome at the start. But what about the ‘welcome’ at the end?
These notes provide you with 25 points to ponder about what is happening at the close of each service. Here is material to help your staff, Ministry Team, Worship Group or Newcomers Team consider the issues.
Engagement: Ten questions you may forget to ask
These consider what you mean by church ‘service’, how you ‘sell’ what happens at the close of the formal liturgy and the memories that newcomers will have afterwards.
Refreshments: Ten practical aspects to consider
What to drink, eat, paid or free, crockery, seating, etc.
Farewell: Five final points to say good-bye
How to bid farewell to early and late leavers and the role of the Newcomers Team.
Here is the link to this item: TN83 - The service isn't over yet.pdf
These notes were updated in April 2018 with minor amendments throughout the text.