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Saturday November 11th from 9:30AM-3:30PM
(continental breakfast and lunch provided, please sign up here or in writing at the Cathedral)
Sunday November 12th at 9:00AM & during coffee hour (continental breakfast provided, no need to sign-up)
Becoming a Welcoming Church Where People Connect: A Weekend in November Will Teach Us How
The weekend of November 10 through 12 will be a big one at the Cathedral. Do you love the Cathedral? Would you love to share the holiness and beauty of this place with others?
The Cathedral Church of St. Peter is inviting YOU to become more inviting and welcoming, so that we can connect people to the love and worship of God.
Join Invite, Welcome, Connect consultant Molly Carnes, your chapter and clergy in learning how to share how wonderful our community is.
We've invited a special guest to help us learn how to be a more inviting and welcoming congregation and how to help people connect with ministries and activities that enrich their lives. So you are invited. You are welcome! And we hope this connects with each of you.
Our guest is Molly Willis Carnes, connections minister at St. Mary's in Cypress, Texas. After a corporate career, Molly discerned a call to lay ministry, and she has found her call in inviting, welcoming, and connecting people to the church, to ministry, and to each other. The weekend will start on Friday with a gathering of chapter members and other leaders by invitation as Molly outlines plans for the weekend and talks about how leaders can support inviting, welcoming, and connecting and can build in accountability. Our Baptismal Covenant calls us to incorporate others. What might that look like here?
On Saturday we'll host a daylong workshop open to everyone: Widening Our Welcome. "This workshop is a walk through 'evangelism country' – that scary but exhilarating place where love abounds," Molly says. "Inviting, welcoming, and connecting people who enter our churches are critical steps as we 'seek and serve Christ in all persons' and build healthy congregations. This session will include the theology of welcome, why welcome is everyone’s ministry, and the transformation that happens when we welcome all as Christ." Full of personal stories and inspiration, this workshop is for those serving in leadership, welcome, or anyone who wants to learn concrete ways to open our doors wider, intentionally connect with newcomers, and empower the laity for ministry.
On Sunday, Molly will be our guest speaker during our 9 a.m. formation hour and at coffee hour after the 10:15 a.m. service. Her topics will include the theology of welcome, the science behind relationship, obstacles to welcome, and the power of story. She will answer that burning question, “How do we get them to stay?” Molly will present different material at each session, "so you can attend all of them and never be bored," says Canon Katie Churchwell. Molly's home parish in Cypress, Texas, was Canon Katie's congregation before she came to St. Peter's.