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February 2018 - Who is welcome in church?

Who is welcome in church?

Friends,

We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, lesbian, transgender, filthy rich, comfortable or dirt poor.

We extend a special welcome to wailing babies and excited toddlers.

We welcome you if you can sing like Pavarotti or just growl quietly to yourself. You’re welcome here if you’re 'just browsing', just woken up or just got out of prison. We don’t care if you’re more Christian than the Archbishop of Canterbury, or haven’t been in church since Christmas ten years ago.

We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome keep-fit mums, football dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems or you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like “organized religion” (we’re not that keen on it either).

We offer a special welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or are here because granny is visiting and wanted to go to church.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced, both or neither. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down their throats as a kids or got lost in traffic and wound up here by mistake. We welcome tourists, seekers, doubters...and you!

(With thanks to Coventry Cathedral)

I truly believe in this kind of welcome – God's welcome to us all!

Nick Bird

your Rector