– Hebrews 10:24-25
All men are created according to the image of God (Genesis 1:27) and at its foundations have the need for relationship, both with God, the creator, and fellow human beings. Men possess the need and want for attention and affection. Through the grace and help of God, we should look after one another, love and help others that the Lord places in our life.
So it is with the church community, which are the care and love amongst the people of God, the members of the church, visitors and people coming for the first time to the church. This is one means for the church to move forwards, which is to look after one another, remind one another and love one another as the church of God. This, too, is one of the ways the church introduces God to the world, proclaim the Gospel and glorify his name.
In IREC Sydney, aside from church members caring and loving one another, a team is also formed for the purposes of welcoming ministry and visitations.
The welcoming team of IREC Sydney is:
- TA team that strives to proclaim the Gospel by welcoming and greeting people who come to IREC Sydney, both newcomers and regular church attendees.
- A team that looks after the needs of the congregation and gives assistance to those in need
To enable and provide ease in approach and relationship between each other, members in the welcoming team comprise of people from all ranges – seniors, families, workers, and even youths. Besides age and activity-based groups, the welcoming team also have language-based groups (Indonesian, English dan Chinese).
Besides welcoming, caring for and helping congregation members, several aspects below compose the ministries the welcome team is involved in.
To pray for the congregation members, both newcomers and weekly churchgoers. Further, to pray for prayer points gathered from the congregation and newcomers to the church.
Every newcomer to the church will be given personal detail forms to complete. Besides forms, tracts and church schedules are also given. The follow-up system and monitoring is categorized based on age groups (seniors, families, workers/young adults, and youths).
Church members who require visitations may contact the visitation team.