Thank you for saying yes to being on the Alpha team. There are so many benefits to volunteering on Alpha. You’ll have an opportunity to make new friends, serve your community, learn or develop a new skill, grow in your own faith and ultimately, make a difference in someone’s life.
High-fives, handshakes and fist bumps. Also, introducing yourself and asking for someone’s name and remembering that name the next week. These are the tools of a great Welcome Team! You are the front door, the first smiling, excited, human face of Youth Alpha. You get the opportunity to make a great first impression!
Practically speaking, because we are meeting in the back, in the Main Street Theatre room, we are going to need sort of direct people to this back room.
Have you ever been to a grocery store and asked a store employee where something that you couldn’t find was and then said, “Oh, it’s on aisle 6 on the right-hand side in the middle.” And then they kept on doing what they were doing? Then you went to aisle 6 and still couldn’t find what you were looking for?
What if instead of pointing people to the aisle, we actually stopped what we were doing and walked the customer to the item they were looking for and pointing it kindly out to them. Whenever a store employee has done that for me I am super-grateful.
We could do something similar as a Welcome Team. What if when people came in through the front doors and we walked them back to the Theatre room, showed them where it was, connected them with another person in the room (probably their friend), and then went back to the front for another person or set of people? Now some folks might want to wait for the friend that invited them, which is totally great… you could intentionally have some introductory conversation with them. Other people have been here before and know where to go. Use your judgment and don’t feel awkward walking people to the back.
Normally, as a Youth Group, we have people sign-in in order to be a part of Youth Group. For the first night of Youth Alpha, we won’t ask people to sign-in. If they come back for the second night of Youth Alpha, then we will ask them to fill out a card and get on the list. This is primarily for safety so we know who is in the building if we need to evacuate as well as for communicating with people who are involved in our youth group.
Make sure we smile, ask questions, give grace, handshakes, high-fives, and fist bumps galore!