Hospitality in the New Testament seems to be less of a specific activity (e.g. "invite someone to your house for dinner") and more of a mindset of folding strangers into your life. That Biblical idea of hospitality is what we hope will increasingly characterize the relational fabric at Joy Community Fellowship. So what does that look like?
Share a Meal Together
Admittedly some folks may feel awkward about being the one to invite people over, or out, when you're new. Though it pushes some of us outside of our comfort zones, we hope that members will reach out to newcomers. But we also hope that newcomers will step up and invite longer-term members and other new people over for a meal or out for an activity from the very early days of their time at JCF. Living these kinds of open lives together is a big part of how we aspire to create and sustain the hospitable culture where ordinary discipling relationships flourish.
Stay Around After Services
One very simple way to express hospitality is to simply stay around after the conclusion of our morning service. We hope that the refreshments we serve won’t merely be seen as a reward for making it through our 90-minute service! We want them to encourage you to stay around and talk, to speak to visitors and to people you don’t know, and to make initial connections with others in the church. It's part of how we're building a church that we pray lives like the family of God.