A Welcome Statement for Today’s Church

Recently I came across what I consider to be an ideal Welcome Statement for a church.   While it is not from my church, I’m thankful to see it lived out there on a regular basis.  Would that more of our churches would adopt such a statement (and mean it).

No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here:

If you are young or old, you are welcome

If you have brown skin, black skin, white skin, yellow skin or any color of skin, you are welcome

If you are married or single, you are welcome

If you are gay or straight, you are welcome

If you cannot hear or see, you are welcome

If you are sick or well, you are welcome

If you are a man or a woman, you are welcome

If you are happy or sad, you are welcome

If you are rich or poor, powerful or weak, you are welcome

If you believe in God some of the time or none of the time or all of the time, you are welcome…

You are welcome here.

Come with your gifts, your pain, your hope, your fears

Come with the traditions that have helped you and hurt you

Come with your experiences that have made you and broken you

Come with a mind, ready to engage, and a heart, open to discern

Come and listen for the Sacred Spirit that calls you to love your neighbor wholeheartedly, seek justice, create peace and practice compassion.

You are welcome here.

(adapted from Shaping Sanctuary by Gordon Brown)

Showing 3 comments
  • Linda Fowler

    This is wonderful!

  • Charlie Mathers

    This will work as a personal statement of my encounter with every other person on the planet. I am a church of one, and this is my statement of “Welcome!” to my world.

  • Patricia Perrelli

    This is good. Would that all churches espoused this view.

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