So I saw this on social media and thought I’d share it here too. I’ve adapted it to make it more personal to ABC. Coventry Cathedral were acknowledged on Facebook as the author but after popping along to their website they don’t claim to be the author – so if anyone reading this knows who the original author is do let us know so they can get the credit they deserve.
We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, straight, gay, confused, disabled, able-bodied.
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-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, are down in the dumps or don’t like ‘organised religion.’ (We’re not that keen on it 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 because granny is visiting and wanted to come 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 throat as kids or got lost on the A40 and wound up here by mistake.
We welcome pilgrims, tourists, seekers, doubters… and most importantly we welcome you!