Hospitality in the New Testament seems to be less of a specific activity (e.g. “invite someone to your house for dinner”) and more of a mindset of folding strangers into your life. That Biblical idea of hospitality is what undergirds much of the relational fabric at CBC. If this congregation becomes your church home, you’ll likely discover that much of the ministry here falls into this simple category of hospitality. So what does that look like?
Share a Meal Together
Admittedly some folks may feel awkward about being the one to invite people over, or out, when you’re new. But we’ve tried to build a culture at CBC where hospitality is normal. So we hope that members will reach out to newcomers, but we also hope that newcomers will step up and invite longer-term members and other new people over for a meal or out for an activity from the very early days of their time at CBC. Living these kinds of open lives together is a big part of how we create and sustain the hospitable culture of a gospel community.
Fellowship Before and After Services
One very simple way to express hospitality is to simply come a little early (or stay a little longer) and enjoy a cup of coffee, some bake goods, and the fellowship of many friendly people. We hope that the refreshments we serve will provide an opportunity for you to get to know more like minded people and, in this way, make initial connections with others in the church. It’s an essential part of how we’re building a church that feels like the family of God.