Ten Steps to Being a New Introvert at One Church.
Going to a new church can be intimidating for anyone. Attending a church for the very first time as an introvert can be a nightmare. It’s always easier if you know someone who you can tag along with but that’s not always the case. One Church is pretty great and is full of friendly people. In order to make you feel at ease as an introvert visiting One Church below you will find a few tips to make your visit easier.
Not all of these tips are just for introverts; some of these tips are for anyone.
- Your first question may be, “What do I wear?” The answer is whatever your heart desires as long as you’re clothed.
- As you enter One Church you will be greeted with enthusiasm at the door. Some of these people jump around, and if you’re lucky you will receive a high-five or a handshake. *High Five Tip: Look at the other person's elbow for a perfect high-five.
- One Church offers a children’s ministry, One Kids, for tiny humans. If you have children follow the signs back to One Kids so they can enjoy other kids at One Church and learn about the gospel. Or pin a note to them and hope they find their way.
- For coffee drinkers, coffee will be provided in the lobby. Here you will see more nice people gathering around with the common mission of getting morning coffee.
- The auditorium is located directly left of the coffee. As you enter the door, there will probably be more nice people handing out papers. These papers have information about what is to come at One Church. This paper will also provide you with something to read if you really want to avoid interaction with others.
- For a professional introvert you probably already know to arrive just on time or show up late. Music generally goes for about 15 minutes after the service began. Arriving in this time frame will be sure to provide you with the whole One Church experience.
- If you join the service after the lights are turned down bring a flashlight to find a seat. If you don’t have a flashlight readily available your phone or night vision goggles will suffice. When all else fails you can army crawl to find a seat. This doesn’t just go for introverts; anyone will need this information if they come to service after the lights have been turned down.
- As you listen to the speakers have a pen and paper ready. You may want to write down information about all of the events, groups, and happenings to come in the near future. As your introvert heart tells you to never go to any of these events, your desire to connect with others will weigh in. Listen to that desire.
- As the service ends, swarms of people will begin to pile out the doors. It is easy to b-line it for your car and avoid everyone. Fight this urge and head straight back to the Welcome Center. At the Welcome Center, they will be happy to help you get to know more ways to be involved with One Church.
- After you leave One Church and you are in the safety of solitude you must do the most important thing, find a group to join. Finding a group to join at One Church will be essential to your growth. Yes, even as an introvert we need other people to spur us on.
Following these, serious and not so serious, instructions will help you become connected at One Church. We do our best to meet the needs of the community and the people who see One Church as their home church. We hope you find your visit to One Church encouraging and challenging.
Samantha is a Michigan native who was adopted by Ohio several years ago. Samantha writes content marketing and product descriptions. She holds a BA in Sociology from The Ohio State University.