Thursday, 26 July 2012

Welcoming all

I like this welcome notice taken from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Community Church:

We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, filthy rich, dirt poor, yo no habla Ingles. We extend a special welcome to those who are crying new-borns, skinny as a rail or could afford to lose a few pounds.

We welcome you if you can sing like Andrea Bocelli or like our pastor who can’t carry a note in a bucket. You’re welcome here if you’re “just browsing,” just woke up or just got out of jail. We don’t care if you’re more Catholic than the Pope, or haven’t been in church since little Joey’s Baptism.
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 soccer moms, NASCAR 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 you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like “organized religion,” we’ve been there too.
If you blew all your offering money at the dog track, you’re welcome here. We offer a special welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or because grandma is in town 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 your throat as a kid or got lost in traffic and wound up here by mistake. We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts … and you!

H/T to E-Church blog and Stuff Christians Like.


  1. Isn't it absolutely fantastic Sue.

  2. Absolutely brilliant Suem. I really can't think of anyone they've left out (except perhaps the odd axe-murderer).
    A church with a sense of humour too. How rare is that?

  3. "Polite notice: Axe murderers welcome, please leave axes in special box by the door." :)

  4. Brilliant. I'll pinch it and nail it to our church door !!
    Thanks Sue and Blessings:-))

  5. This is great! Where is Our Lady of Lourdes RC church? Wonder if they'd mind if I used it?

    Iffy Vicar

  6. This is just fabulous, I would really like our session clerk to read it out when he does the normal "We welcome any visitors today".

  7. Glad it is so popular! I enjoyed reading through your blog, Jenni, and will return to it.