Every time I go to Walt Disney World I notice how welcome they make you feel. Everything from greeting you when you arrive at Magical Express at the airport, to the coach bus, to arriving at the resort, to arriving at the parks. They do a great job of making you feel welcome. But one thing I didn’t expect was for them to be just as intentional to say Thank you when we left.
I first noticed it when we were leaving the Magic Kingdom. Not only did they have cast members everywhere waving goodbye with their Mickey Gloves, they held up signs just to make sure we got the message.
I also noticed that they thanked us for coming & wished us safe travels as we left the hotel, & got off the coach bus back at the airport. It might just have been coincidence, but perhaps they are very intentional to train their cast members to say thank you & be present when it’s time to say goodbye.
What about your kids ministry? Are you available to welcome families as they arrive? What about dismissal time? When families are on their way out the door after the service, are you standing there to say goodbye to everyone? A simple thing to do and it could make a huge difference.