Why is it important?
Because wrongly or rightly we will be judged on the welcome we giveor do not giveService is important and it is very easy to put people off with a single badexperiencec.f. AmazonAs I said the other week and re-iterate now, this isn’t the sole answer to thechurch’s problems, but it does tackle one part of them – the back door
Because the church, if it is to be the church as God wants it to be,needs to be constantly re-assessing and re-contextualising its approachto ministryThe 1887 buildingThe 1960 buildingThe 2005 buildingVery significant changes in the fifteen or so years that I have attended thischurch.c.f. my first ever Church Committee meeting and the decision aboutcoffee!
Because the church has a very important role to play in society, a rolethat perhaps, like Avondale Leisure Centre, people only notice when itis not present.