Gifts for First Time Church Visitors

The best church-visitor gifts are small but sincere.
The best church-visitor gifts are small but sincere. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

The desire to increase membership and minister to as many people as possible means that first-time church visitors often receive tokens of the church's appreciation. You can make your visitors feel welcome and encourage a return visit with a gift that communicates love and fellowship.

Video of the Day


A small treat to nibble on after the service can leave a good taste in the visitor's mouth and a good feeling about your church. Have church volunteers bake loaves of homemade bread. Wrap them in colored cellophane with a ribbon, and attach a small card with a welcome message. Or, give a coffee mug with your church's name on it that's filled with candy. You also could make your own trail mix for first-time visitors. Buy decorative tins to put the snack in, and attach a personal message.


Encourage visitors to become a permanent part of your church family with service coupons. Form a committee of volunteers to make customized coupon booklets for visitors. For example, a family with kids may need a babysitting coupon, while an elderly visitor may prefer a coupon for snow shoveling or house cleaning. Church volunteers sign up to honor the coupons. If you don't have enough volunteers at your disposal, ask local businesses to provide 50-percent-off coupons to your church's first-time visitors. If business owners need gentle persuading, offer them a discounted rate for advertising in your church's bulletin.

Odds and Ends

Give each visitor a tote bag emblazoned with the church's name and logo. Fill it with church informational pamphlets. Other gifts can include a coffee travel mug, church calendars or church magnets that will have visitors thinking of your church every time they open their refrigerator. Create a "Visitor Survival Kit" and include a roll of Lifesavers, a pen, a map of the church (for locating bathrooms and the correct Bible-school classroom), a pocket-sized New Testament and a card that says "Just Visiting" to put in the offering plate.

Other Gifts

Make a DVD about your church to give to first-time visitors. Have the pastor introduce himself on the DVD and talk about the church. Capture footage from different Bible-school classes and church events. If your church has a website, set up free downloads for visitors (such as podcasts, Christian music or recorded sermons) and give each visitor a download code. Buy journals and have each member of the Visitor Outreach Committee write a favorite Bible verse at the top of each page to personalize it.


Promoted By Zergnet

You May Also Like

Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!