The ChurchCare event Always Welcome, improving the church visitor experience showed that many churches are keen to make visitors feel always welcome.
The Bishop of Manchester challanged us all to look afresh at how we regard our churches. Are they a place for everyone or a club-house for members? The speakers that followed him showed how many churches were working to ensure that they made non-members feel welcome. This could be by simple measures like the door being open and the building tidy and went right through to accounts of major diocesan initiatives to open every church for a weekend festival and to churches cooperating together to produce visitor trails - maybe including details of good places for lunch on route. For a full account click here