Greeting Visitors with a Smile!

by Nicole Duff, Membership Development Manager

This is the time of year when we see lots of visitors… finding a new church home before the start of school and other fall activities.
For many, approaching a visitor can be intimidating. If you find yourself tongue tied… try these tips:

  • Greet EVERYONE!
  • Greet every unfamiliar person with “Hi, I’m _________, I don’t believe we have met yet.”
  • If new, make sure they know about fellowship hour. If possible, offer to meet them and walk over with them.

Here are some conversation starters:

  • “What brings you here today?”
  • “How did you find us?
  • “Why did you select a Unitarian-Universalist congregation to visit?”
  • “Have you lived here long?” (where do you hail from?)
  • “Are there any questions I can answer for you?”
  • “Tell me about yourself.”
  • If they ask you a question you can’t answer, say, “I don’t know the answer to that, but perhaps _____ does. Let me introduce you.”

I hope these tips help you feel more confident in approaching a visitor. Remember, most visitors are looking for community. The best way to show them they can find that at East Shore is by welcoming them with a smile and conversation!