Inspiration from a Notice Board

A special welcome

Inspiration from a Notice Board

Meandering past a church in the Bridge of Allan on a recent visit to Scotland I came across this welcoming message on the notice board. It served as a powerful antidote to the exclusiveness of the conservative evangelicalism which threatens to constrict the Church of England in its loveless embrace.

A special welcome

We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, straight, gay, questioning, well-heeled or down at heel. We especially welcome wailing babies and excited toddlers.

We welcome you whether 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 to 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-flt folks, football folks, rugby folks, starving artists, latte sippers, vegetarians, Junk food enthusiasts. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted.

We welcome you if you're having problems, are down in the dumps or don't like 'organised religion'. (We're not too keen on that either') We offer a welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don't work, can't spell, or are here just because they are visiting granny and she always comes 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 children or got lost on the way to the Wallace Monument and/or Stirling Castle and wound up here by mistake. We welcome pilgrims, tourists, seekers, doubters and YOU'

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robert williams

Church of England Priests are also able to extend a welcome and are even more inclusive. I found the following message pinned to the church door in Shropshire (June 2019). The 2 notices obviously derive from the same source - perhaps Martin Luther?

All Saints' Church, Claverley Welcomes You
We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, filthy rich, dirt poor. We extend a special welcome to those who are crying new-borns, thin as a rake or could afford to lose a few pounds.

We welcome you if you can sing like Pavarotti or like our vicar ( who can't carry a note in a bucket). You are welcome here if you're 'just browsing', just woke up or just got out of prison. We don't care if you're more religious than the Archbishop of Canterbury, or haven't been in church since little Jack's christening.

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-flt 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 are down in the dumps, or if you don't like 'organised religion', we've been there too.

If you blew all your money on the horses, you are welcome here. We offer a welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, can't spell, or because Granny is visiting and wanted to go to church.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a kid or got lost on the Stourbridge Road and ended up here by mistake. We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts and you.

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