… one Sunday Sister Virginia Perry, whose husband, L. Tom Perry, was president of the Boston Stake, noticed a woman who had quietly found a space on the back row in the Weston chapel, having arrived a few minutes late for sacrament meeting.

She was wearing jeans and a T-shirt and had come on her motorcycle. Sister Perry quietly sensed that the woman felt that she didn’t fit in. Everyone else was wearing their Sunday best and was sitting with their families.

So Sister Perry left her family alone, went to the back pew, and asked the visitor if she would mind if she sat beside her. When the woman smiled in the affirmative, Sister Perry put her arm around her. The next Sunday Sister Perry came to church wearing Levi’s and a T-shirt.

From Clayton Christensen’s The Power of Everyday Missionaries: The What and How of Sharing the Gospel.

Questions for our readers:

  • Would you be willing to wear pants to church to make someone more comfortable?
  • Are there similar things to pants or t-shirts that people “wear” that we can embrace to help them feel more comfortable?
  • How should we show love at church?
  • Why doesn’t Google image have a good image of Jesus in blue jeans?
  • What other question should we ask about making people feel included and what steps should we take?

[Picture is “Jesus in Blue Jeans” a seven-foot high bronze statue installed at Our Lady Immaculate and St Philip Neri Catholic church in Uckfield.