All are Welcome

The Pineapple fruit has long been associated with Welcome and Hospitality.

YOU’RE WELCOME HERE !
From a church website in East Ham, London
It is a welcome to an inclusive Church of England Church but it is not difficult to imagine that this could easily be a welcome into God’s Kingdom.

You are welcome here!

We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, partnered, widowed, gay, straight, queer, bi, transgender, cisgender, searching and questioning, filthy rich, dirt poor… 
We extend a special welcome to saints and sinners from every race and language and tribe and creed and nation…
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 if you 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 God knows when…

We extend a special welcome to those who are 80 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome single mums, dancing 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,” because 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 came because grandma is in town and wanted to go 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 a kid or got lost and wound up here by mistake…
We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts…
 … and YOU!

One thought on “All are Welcome

  1. I’ve used that a lot in church over the years, especially Midnight mass. Someone commented on it in a Facebook post just a very a short while ago saying they love to hear it when the come at Christmas. Wish they’d come all year round Though!

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