The Hospitality department comprises of Hospitality and Church Welfare. We are a friendly, approachable group of people who feel God has called us to serve in this area, although the department separates into two areas, we work together as one therefore following the scripture Psalm 133:1 “How good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity”.
When this happens, it enforces our objective which is to ensure that when members of the congregation and our guests come into contact with us, especially at the end of the service, that they feel they are part of a friendly gathering and are therefore in no hurry to rush home.
The Department ministers in the following capacity:
- Prepare light refreshments for the congregation after the Sunday service and more substantial meals during our conventions
- Co-ordinate with our Protocol department to ensure the welfare of our Pastors and guest ministers by preparing refreshments lunch / dinner depending on the event.
- Organise the preparation for our annual International Day barbecue.
- Prepare Communion every first Sunday of the month (this is available for all members of the congregation) as well as during wedding and baptism ceremonies.
When a member of the congregation is absent for whatever reason, we are informed by various individuals and it is our responsibility to ensure that they are followed up. The reasons can range from illness, bereavement or having just giving birth. Our first contact is a telephone call as soon as advised and then followed up with a personal visit from one of the team and delivery of either flowers or fruit baskets.
When people visit Charis for the first time, they may have been invited by a member or have just come alone, therefore in order for them to feel they belong, as a church we welcome them during the service and afterwards they are invited to our welcome room, equipped with refreshments provided by us, where one of our Elders personally gives them an insight into the church and a small gift.