I joined the greeting team at my church after an awkward encounter with one of the greeters: I had recently married one of the pastor's sons, and moved from my childhood church to my husband's. One morning we rushed in to church late. We were met by an elderly greeter who scowled and shook her finger at us, and told us as PKs we should know better than to come late. Being already quite tense from an unwanted (though not unnecessary) church move, I promptly left the service in tears.
Some years later, I am on quite friendly terms with the lady in question and can take her scolding in context (the context being that nobody takes it seriously). But this kind of assessment can't be made by a visitor, and had I not just married into this church family, I would not have returned. At the time, I recall that (after a fair amount of sulking) the situation was resolved by my joining the greeting team so as to ensure that people saw a friendlier face when they arrived.
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