Oceanview strives to be a community that pratices Hospitality. Hospitality, as we see it, is an extension of who we are. We are a group of people who gather to love God, serve God and live in fellowship with others. Therefore, all are welcome to join us on the journey of followings Jesus, a path that will lead to peace, assurance and joy.
Hebrews 13:2 (NRSV) “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.”
There are lots of opportunities in Hospitality at Oceanview – including things that YOU may see, but we haven’t yet noticed. How do we extend a smile, a welcome and our joy to others? We can do it a myriad of ways.
Hospitality means everything from kitchen help, to setting up or tearing down the Fellowship Hall for Dinners. Maybe you like to cook? Perhaps you could make coffee on a Sunday or baking danish and cookies for our fellowship time. Consider ‘adopting’ the youth group dinner some night, providing a dinner for the Sunday night youth meetings.
Some of our other Hospitality opportunities are listed below:
- Greeters are very important, making everyone, especially visitors feel welcome. Several greeters are needed at the sidewalk and near the front entrance each service. Fran Hancock from 11:00 am service and Rance DeWare from 9:00 am service make sure these people are in place. If you have a great smile, a warm handshake and are not afraid to use either – then join us as Greeters.
- Ushers: Rance DeWare, at the 9:00 am Contemporary Service and Scott Logan at the 11:00 am Traditional Service are our head ushers. Ushers are important for helping everyone feel at home, answering questions, handing out bulletins, and guiding newcomers. If you like helping people feel more at home – then consider helping to usher.
- Connection Point is a welcome station where people can access information concerning our ministries and missions. If you love meeting people, smiling and helping people find answers, then consider volunteering at Connection Point. Contact Rev. Betty if you are interested in helping.
- “Muggers”: These are people who go to the home of our visitors within 24 hours to deliver an Oceanview mug with our Missions and Ministry Booklet and a recent newsletter. This is a short non-threatening visit where the person bringing the mug will give the mug, thank the visitor for coming and ask if there are any questions about the church. It’s actually quite fun, and we get to meet new people. Sound interesting?
Of course, training will be provided for each area or task as needed.