Recently, I had the privilege of sitting with about 16 of our Open Doors volunteers and talk about the program. Back in July, we started opening the Wayne Street doors from 10 to 2, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. At that time, we had about 34 people who stepped up to say they would take some shifts to be greeters to welcome anyone who wanted to step into the Nave.
Most of these good people are driving in from the suburbs, and it has been a long, cold winter --- people weren’t doing much strolling for pleasure the last few months. We wondered if the volunteers were getting at all discouraged, with sitting, many times with no visitors.
It was heart-warming to find that the answer was a resounding show of support for continuing the program and for seeing it as an important way for them to live out the charge to be loving to our neighbors. In fact, they were suggesting ways to be even more welcoming : perhaps offering water, prayer cards, and more dog treats for those out walking with furry friends. They wanted to think about ways to add music and to welcome people into the Cloister Garden on nice days.
It made me so happy, to see these people encourage one another and build on each other’s ideas. They’re excited about meeting new people, sharing a smile or a story, and getting to know their “partner greeters.” Soon, the weather will warm up consistently and those big wooden doors will once again be propped open. I guarantee you’ll see some of the brightest smiles and most caring hearts you’ll ever meet, waiting to wave and greet you and welcome you to Trinity and to Jesus.