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We extend a special welcome
to all who are single, married, divorced, widowed, straight, gay, confused,
well-heeled or down at heel.
We especially welcome
wailing babies and excited toddlers.
We welcome you whether you can sing like Pavarotti or can’t carry a tune for love or money.
You’re welcome here if you’re ‘just browsing,’ just woke 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 little Henry’s baptism or Uncle Fred’s funeral.
 
We extend a special welcome to you if you are over 60 but have not grown up yet, or if you are a teenager who is growing up too fast.
We welcome keep-fit mums, football dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians and junk-food eaters.
 
We welcome you if you are in recovery or still addicted.
We welcome you if you’re having problems, are down in the dumps or are having doubts about your faith (we all know what that feels like).
We welcome you even if you just blew your last pay cheque on the horses.
We welcome you if you 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 a church service.
 
We welcome you if you are inked, pierced, both or neither.
We offer a special welcome if you could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a kid or got stuck in the traffic on the A30 and wound up here by mistake.
 
We welcome the flexible, the inflexible, the tolerant and the intolerant, those who laughed and those who gasped at this welcome.
We welcome pilgrims, tourists, locals, seekers, bleeding hearts, hardened hearts, doubters… and especially
YOU!