We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, LGBTQI, confused, filthy rich, comfortable or dirt poor.
We extend a special welcome to wailing babies and excited toddlers, people of colour and colourful people.
We welcome you whether you can sing like Katy Perry or Pavarotti, or just growl quietly to yourself. You are welcome here if you are ‘just browsing’, just woken up or just got out of prison. We do not care if you are more Christian than our Archbishop, or have not been to church since Christmas or Easter last millennium.
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 in ‘active wear’, football dads in team colours, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegans and vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted.
We welcome you if you are having problems, are down in the dumps or do not like ‘organised religion’. (Many around us have questioned that one!) We offer a welcome to those who think the world is flat, work too hard, do not work, cannot spell, or are here because granny is visiting and wanted to come to our parish.
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 throat as kids or simply got lost because their GPS or Google Maps let them down and they ended up here by mistake. We welcome pilgrims, refugees, asylum seekers, tourists, searchers, doubters . . . and you!