Many churches give small gifts to visitors, but we talked to one pastor who went a step further.
Visitors were asked to fill out visitor’s cards and drop them in the offering plate.
When ushers collected the cards, they immediately left for the visitor’s house gift in hand, while church was still going on. (This was a small church, so there weren’t dozens of new families each Sunday – just one or two.)
Gift baskets had been prepared, thanking the family for coming to church. (Baskets could include anything you’d like – a loaf of cranberry bread, a restaurant gift certificate, a book, etc.)
The unusual thing about this welcome idea, is when the family gets home, the welcome gift is waiting for them.