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Bringing life to an older parish

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#1 Reader Paul A. Barrera

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 07:58 AM

I'm sure we've seen older parishes that are cold, insular, and more of a historic institution than a living community. For example, many who do not wish to extend themselves to others will say hello before or after a service, but will not stay to socialize except on rare occasions. This is due to busyness, duties elsewhere, the tradition of the parish, and a host of other reasons. While this may be the ethos, it is not true of the whole. There are still individuals, and some families, that make a discipline of remaining to meet, greet, and extend an invitation to do an activity or have a meal at their homes. I live in Seattle, and churches here waver between that warmer, welcoming, and inclusive Church and the static approach of a closed congregation that can be slow to recognize a visitor.

I want to see what successes others have seen or done to bring life to an older parish. What are the ways I could welcome newcomers, both inquirers and Orthodox, to our older church with seasoned parishioners?

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