Five Minute Friday

Five Minute Friday – Welcome

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I’m once again joining the Five Minute Friday party (#fmfparty) over at katemotaung.com!  Come join in!  It’s easy!

WELCOME

Well, that word has a lot of different meanings, but this week, since I’ve just started teaching a Winter Session class, my classroom is the thing most on my mind.  I want students to feel welcome in my classroom.  I want students to feel welcome to come and speak to me.  I think being made to feel welcome in places is so important.  But it is not necessarily something that happens easily.

I’ve been toying with the idea of changing churches as of late.  It is difficult because they have made my daughter feel extremely welcome, but I still feel somewhat out of place, even after being there for quite a while, volunteering in the children’s programming, attending a women’s retreat and going to a few other events.  And sometimes I wonder if it is my own fault, because we can fight against others even when they are welcoming, but I don’t think that is it.  I think I need to feel more engaged and I want people to have conversations with me, not just smile and nod their head.  I don’t know if that is realistic or not though.  But the other important thing to me about church is that everyone be made to feel welcome and I feel like the church I’ve been attending is going through some changes and those changes are more likely to build up walls than tear them down.  It is hard though.  I feel like I am starting all over again.  But, I also feel like there is a place where I will feel that stronger “welcome” when I attend and if I don’t, I can always go back to the church I’m currently attending.

DONE –

Well, that was not what it started out to be, but that is the beauty of the Five Minute Friday.  Who knows what is rolling around in that brain of mine until I give it some wings and just go with the flow!  What about you?  Stop by over at Kate Montaug and join in the fun of letting your brain and words have five minutes of total freedom!

1 thought on “Five Minute Friday – Welcome”

  1. Hi there! Stopping by from #fmf. I understand what you say here: ” I think I need to feel more engaged and I want people to have conversations with me, not just smile and nod their head.” I also long for deeper relationships at church and not just a “Hi, How are you?” We changed churches last year, and that was a factor. It wasn’t that we didn’t feel welcome and we could probably go back if we wanted, but we needed something more. I’m glad you are a teacher who wants to make her students welcome, and I’m sure that can be quite a challenge sometimes. May God bless you in your work!

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