Inspiration from a Notice Board
A special welcome
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'