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Mar 1, 2014

Church Hospitality Made Easy 1: After Church

Performance: Lilydale Seventh-day Adventist Church - March 1, 2014
Brief: A short drama introducing the concept of Hospitality in the local church.

[Presenter is at main pulpit. A row of 3 chairs are on stage facing the audience. Member 1 and 2 are seated on the ends, visitor in the middle]

[Presenter] Welcome to chapter 4 of Church Hospitality Made Easy, in this chapter we’re talking about how to be hospitable towards visitors AFTER a church service.

[Member 1 & 2 stand, Visitor copies soon after, not knowing they were meant to stand at that moment]
[Presenter] When a church service has ended, and the speaker of the day has left the stage. . .

[Member 1 & 2 say "AMEN" and sit, Visitor copies soon after, not knowing they were meant to sit at that moment]

[Presenter]  ...do not simply launch into frivolous talk with your friends . . .

[ Member 1 leans over Visitor to talk to Member 2, ] So anyway, you’ll never guess what I heard the pastor bought AND ate at Mc Donald’s this week.

[Presenter]  Instead, take a moment to see if there are any people you don’t recognise in the room. And if you see someone, open a conversation with a friendly “Hello, I don’t think I’ve met you before”

[Member 1] Hello, I don’t think I’ve met you before

[Presenter] And then perhaps find out if they’ve been to your church before, where they’ve travelled from, or if they have met anyone else here. But whatever you do, don’t interrogate them on their understanding of the book of Revelation.

[Member 2] So, who do you think would win in a fight between the dragon and the woman verses the bear and the lion? 

[Presenter] If appropriate, invite them home for lunch.

[Member 1] Hey, would you like to come over for lunch then go for a walk?

[Presenter] And perhaps invite another friend over too.

[Member 1] Wanna come too?

[Presenter] Whatever you do, don’t fight other over who’s house the visitor should go to for lunch.

[Member 2] Hey, come to MY house for lunch. We’re having Haystacks

[Member 1] Oi! I asked first!

[Member 2 – grabs visitors arm] Yeah? Well you invited the last visitor to your place, this one’s mine

[Member 1 – grabs visitors other arm] No way buddy, I saw this one first, Finders Eaters!

[ start tug-a-war with visitor, who lets out a little scream/yell – shocking the members, who let go. Visitor grabs their things and runs off stage]

[Member 2]  So . . . what WAS the pastor eating at Macca's?

[Presenter] Congratulations. You have completed this chapter on “how to be hospitable towards visitors AFTER a church service”.
To summarise:
  • Don’t ignore visitors
  • Initiate conversation
  • Don’t interrogate their beliefs
  • Invite them home for lunch
  • and most importantly - Don’t fight over visitors!
In the next chapter we look at the do’s and don’ts of hosting lunch with visitors in your home.
Including 10 reasons NOT to mention the mark of the beast during lunchtime conversation.
Thanks for watching.

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