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if you have never set foot in a church, been to church all your life, have another faith or no faith at all, if you’re just curious and looking for some peace. You’re welcome here.

 

if you are filthy rich, nicely comfortable or dirt poor. You’re welcome here.

 

if you are single, married, partnered, divorced, separated, widowed, in love, out of love, LGBT+, straight, somewhere in between or haven’t quite worked it out yet. You’re welcome here. (Oh, and by the way, we don’t talk about sex all the time. Jesus didn’t, so why should we?).

 

if you have crying new-borns, lively toddlers, sulky teens, left home adults (still home adults!) or none of the above. You’re welcome here.

if you are idly browsing, just woken up, just going to bed, or on your way home. You’re welcome here.


if you are over 60, 70, 80, 90 or 100, a teenager finding your own way, a 20, 30, 40, or 50 something making your way through this beautiful life. What does age matter anyway? You’re welcome here.

if you are addicted or in recovery, if you are on the wagon or have fallen off, if you are trying hard, or have given up, if you blew all your money at the bookies, or won a fortune at the dogs. You’re welcome here.

 

if you’re having problems or you’re down in the dumps, if you’re in therapy or giving it, if your life is spiralling out of control, or you’re just rebuilding it from scratch. You’re welcome here.

 

if you have different abilities, or skin colour or languages, or are from another place (here and before God, we are all equal). You’re welcome here.

 

if you are new to this country or if you have lived here all your life, if you are an asylum seeker or refugee, if you are just wandering through or here on holiday. You’re welcome here.


if you work too hard, or don’t work at all, if you live in a mansion, a semi-detached, a council flat or a tent in the park. You’re welcome here.

 

if you could use a prayer right now, if you’ve had religion shoved down your throat as a kid,if the church or life has treated you badly, or if you’ve just got lost in traffic and wound up here by mistake. You’re welcome here.

 

if you are none of the above, fit no description or reject the boxes people put you in. You’re welcome here.  

 

That’s right; there are no ifs,

there are no buts…
You’re welcome here

No ifs, no buts; you're welcome here...