Membership - Growth


The Membership and Growth Commission recently adopted its own mission statement to, “welcome the Christ in every person who visits St. Mary’s and to inform, integrate and incorporate those who are new to us and those already a part of our parish life with God’s love and grace.” Our goal is to grow our membership and average Sunday attendance, which is accomplished by the Welcome Ministry, ushers and greeters and worship commission working together to help make St. Mary's Church a place that visitors will want to call their parish home.

We also coordinate with the Building and Grounds Commission to create proper signage for visitor parking, the Parish Life Center, nursery and Sunday School. We work with the Communication Commission to promote worship services and special events within the community of Bonita Springs and the surrounding area. Information about our worship services and activities is published in the local media and on our website at, the weekly bulletin and special e-mailing to members and friends of St. Mary’s.

The Welcome Ministry finds creative ways to welcome visitors and new members. Greeters staff the door at all services, encourage all visitors to sign our guest book, and fill out a nametag application. Greeters provide a Welcome Brochure to visitors at the end of each service and also extend invitations on Sundays for refreshments, conversation and fellowship in the Parish Life Center. The Welcome Ministry also hosts Welcome Receptions throughout the year for visitors and newcomers. Various representatives of the clergy, staff and vestry provide information on the life of the parish and opportunities for ministries.

Adapted from Life and Ministries 2015 Rev 14

St. Mary's Episcopal Church

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