Post by: Reid Lester
At BUMC, we talk about building community. Whenever I think of community I always think of my family, but I also think about the other place I really felt like part of the family. Growing up, I was blessed to have a church family at Court Street United Methodist. Every week I would get that same family feeling when I walked into the church. The ushers would give me a hug or a handshake and the pastors would ask how my baseball or basketball game had gone. The sanctuary smelled just the way it should and when the choir sang the hymns it reminded me of sitting in that same pew years ago with my grandparents. Friends would gather in the Fellowship Hall and talk about the ups and downs of their week. I knew I was part of the family.
I wonder how many people who attend BUMC really feel like part of the family?
When RuthAnn and I first visited BUMC we parked in the south lot. We arrived really early for the 8am service. We had a little trouble finding our way to the Chapel, but when other people started to show up, we followed them. When we walked in, all four ushers shook our hands and welcomed us. During the greeting, everyone around us said hi (even people from 10 pews away), and Coleen came over and introduced herself. Our second week we walked in and got the same greeting from the same ushers. Coleen welcomed us back, and everyone around us said it was good to see us again. I started to get that family feeling. That feeling has grown every week.
My hope is that everyone gets a chance to experience that family feeling here at BUMC. Take time to talk to those around you (not during the sermon). Gather in the Fellowship Hall after the service and spend time really getting to know each other. For those who want to take building community one step further, consider ushering. Ushering gives you that first opportunity to welcome people to BUMC. You never know, that first welcoming experience might just lead to a new family member.
What makes you feel like part of the family here at BUMC? Please share in the comments below.
Reid Lester is the Director of Servant Ministries at Broomfield United Methodist Church. Reid’s job is to help people find ways to serve our Church and the community through our Church Ministries and our Community Partnerships. Reid and his wife RuthAnn have been attending BUMC for 2 years. When Reid isn’t at BUMC he serves as a pilot for the Civil Air Patrol. Reid also umpires Division 1 baseball for the NCAA.