We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, filthy rich or 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 sing like our Churchwarden (who can’t carry a note in a bucket). You are welcome here if you’re just browsing or just got out of prison. We don’t care if you are more Christian than the Archbishop of Canterbury or haven’t been to church since Jack’s baptism.
We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but are 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, and fast 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 “organised religion” we’ve been there too!
If you blew all your money on the horses you’re welcome here. We offer a welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or because grandma has come to visit you and wanted to go to church.
We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down their throat as a kid or those who got lost in the Devon lanes and wound up here by mistake. We welcome tourists, grave seekers and doubters………..
With minor adaption from a talk given by Helen McGowan during a talk on October 2014