Over the past few months we’ve adapted to yet another era of adaptations to the way we’ve met in the building, but hopefully the warm welcome has remained consistent throughout. Many thanks to those who volunteer week-in week-out to greet folk coming through the doors with the aim of making everyone feel noticed, loved and comfortable (and of course making sure they ‘check-in’ and gel their hands!!)

    Over the next few months, depending on how social restrictions evolve, I will be considering re-launching the Welcome Round initiative, which may ring a bell from early 2020. People from the church were randomly allocated into groups of up to 6 and encouraged to dine together as a way of expanding social circles and getting to know others with whom they wouldn’t automatically mix. There have been a lot of new faces (or pairs of eyes above masks at least) appearing over the last year or so, and it would be great to ensure everyone has the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships and really feel part of our church family. Keep your eyes peeled for more on this soon.

    I am also keen to get together with all those who volunteer on the door soon to hear feedback about your experiences and brainstorm together regarding what could work better.

    In the meantime, I’d encourage anyone to get in touch if you have any suggestions regarding how the Welcome & Integration ministry could be improved or expanded.

    Enormous thanks must go to Ian Naismith and Gill Mackintosh who have organised the administrative side of things with the volunteer rota throughout the pandemic thus far. Finally, a farewell to Luca and Simona Sueri, who have recently stepped down from co-leading this ministry - thank you for all you’ve done over the last few years! 

Rachel McLatchie

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