One of the most difficult parts of moving to a new town is not knowing many people there if anyone at all. It can be easy to just go into isolation mode and live your days without any form of community in your life, but it’s not healthy. An easy way to form connections in your new town is by joining a faith community. Regardless of what faith you practice, you’re bound to find a community that will welcome you with open arms. Of course, you’ll have to do some work yourself if you want to truly become one with the community. Here are a few tips to help you establish yourself in a new faith community.
Consistently Be There
One of the best ways to establish yourself in a faith community is by simply being there. By showing up and making church a priority, you will be known as a friendly face in the community. Do your best to try and squeeze church in even when life gets in the way. If you have to be at a party, dip out early to get to church. If you’re on vacation, find a place of worship you can go to in the area. When life has you down, go to church! Make sure you always show up, not only on Sundays but events as well.
Have Get-Togethers In Your Home
In order to further establish yourself in your faith community, invite them over to your home. Even if you have a small home, invite just a few members over. By inviting members of your community to your home, they get to see a part of you that they wouldn’t see at church. This, in turn, will make them more likely to open up and share their own lives with you. When you and the other members of your faith understand one another in this way, you begin to form a strong bond.
Beyond just attending church and events, actually, get involved in the church. See how you can help with events when they happen, or if there’s anything you can do in other areas of the community. This will further cement you as a member of the community. There are often members of the community who sit on the sidelines and avoid getting involved but do not be those people. You can make a difference in the community by staying consistently involved.