Many of us have been the lonely one in a church at some point or another. Perhaps you’ve sat in the church parking lot, trying to muster up enough courage to step out of the car. Or walked in nervously, unaware of where to go and wandering through the hallways to find the sanctuary. Or perhaps rushed out back to the safe familiarity of your car as soon as the service was over.
If this has been you, then you understand what many across the world experience every weekend. In churches all over the earth, people are showing up to a church for the first time. We must be aware of these people; eager to welcome them in and help them feel as comfortable as possible.
Truth be told, if someone is in a church and feels lonely for very long at all, chances are they won’t return. People need to feel connected and part of a community. You can help be a facilitator of that, and indeed, should be.
Here are some ways you can reach out to the lonely church-goer you come across: