For various reasons and those known within our church, none of us could get to church today. I was looking forward to going, but it just couldn't be done. I felt quite deflated and was grumpy at the dog for some time as a result.
I would have welcomed just a short visit from a minister, or even a friend from the congregation, to chat, pray and read a psalm with us. Nothing grand, not trying to 'diagnose' any particular concern, but just being Christians together. 15 minutes.
In a business this would be part of keeping long term customers current and buying, because customers can be lost in small steps as service unravels. Maybe this is for churches too. Not that we have any plans in this direction, but it seems that the steady people miss out and those obviously at the fringes draw the effort.