Invite, Welcome, Connect!

We can do better when we invite people to SsAM, when we welcome them when they visit, and connect with them when they return. Click on any of the headlines or thumbnail images below to see recent posts.

19 Questions Mural

In the fall of 2017, Dr. David Teague of the University of Delaware’s creative writing program approached me about being interviewed by his students about the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew (SsAM). He specifically wanted his students to learn about the events of 1968 that occurred in the city. I met with Dr. more »

Invite-Welcome-Connect Ideas

Here is the big list of Invite-Welcome-Connect ideas generated by various brain-storming sessions in late 2018. IDEAS PRIORITIZED The vestry and an adult-ed group prioritized some of the many ideas generated. These are ideas that can and should be put in place in the next 6-12 months. INVITE IDEAS PRIORITIZED What can we accomplish in more »

How Shall We Invite People To SsAM?

Eleven of us showed up on Thursday, November 29, 2018 to brainstorm ways to invite people to visit our church so we can welcome and connect with them. After generating 25 ideas, twelve were selected as ideas we could put in place in the next four to six months. Twelve Ways To Invite People To more »

Advent Study – Invite, Welcome, Connect

Fr. David wants to make sure that all members of SsAM are invited to attend the four week Advent study that will focus on how SsAM might implement Invite-Welcome-Connect. These sessions will be held on Thursday evenings November 29th, December 6th, December 13th and December 20th from 5:30 to 7:00. Each evening will begin with more »

Newcomer’s Letter to Our Church

Imagine someone is visiting our church. What might they be thinking? Here are those thoughts as Father Chris Moore imagines them, in the form of a letter. Hello, I Am a Newcomer to Your Church You cannot know the reason why I am here this morning. It may be as simple as a move to more »

Evangelism Brainstorms, 20 October 2018

Here are 82 ideas written on Post-It notes during SsAM’s brainstorming sessions at the “Invite, Welcome, Connect” conference on Saturday, October 20, 2018. Twenty-three members of the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew participated, throwing out ideas, their imaginations sometimes going wild! How can we Christians best invite others to join us, welcome them more »

Invite-Welcome-Connect began for SsAM on October 20, 2018

We Began Invite-Welcome-Connect weeks ago! On Saturday, October 20, 2018, twenty-four SsAM members joined over three hundred Episcopalians from all thirty-four parishes in the Diocese of Delaware to attend a day-long workshop on the subject of Evangelism. It was a wonderful day as Mary Parmer, the creator of this innovative approach, shared how parishes can more »