Saw this and it made me laugh as I remembered visiting a church on holiday a couple of year's back for the early communion.
I took the hymnbook and went to sit down when the person handing them out stopped me and informed me that that was where one of the 'regulars' sat.
Dutifully I moved along to another pew and sat, awaiting the presence of this stalwart member, but they never appeared. As I left I asked what might have happened to the missing communicant only to be told, 'Well they don't come that often these days, but if they had come, that would have been where they sat!'
Nothing like a welcoming church (take that as a statement or an aspiration) :-)