It seems a long time ago now, but I am still trying to work out quite what happened this last Christmas.
We had two carol services on the Sunday before Christmas, 4.30pm & 7pm.
I knew something was up when guests started arriving 45 minutes early.
And they kept coming.
Not sure what your Church is like, but even though our start time is pretty consistent at 10am, we have people arriving well into the beginning of the service.
Well this was different.
By the time we were ten minutes to go, we are basically looking full.
The next 20 minutes are a blur, as the stewarding team managed to move our entire refreshment set up and fit in an extra 80 seats.
And so they kept coming. We started just ten minutes late, surfing a tidal wave of visitors.
The second meeting felt a little bit small in comparison, which is a bit odd as it was larger than a usual service.
So we ended up with 540 people there. Actually it was 570, but about 30 came to both including the choir. 540 unique visitors breaks our previous record for any day by a neat 123.
The vast majority of extra people were guests. Some invited. Some completely out of the blue.
There is not a marketing strategy, or a prayer strategy, or a guest speaker, or anything really that I can put my finger on, which explains why so many people seemed to show up.
I am pleased about that, because it must have been a God thing!