“We extend a special welcome to those 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 just growl quietly to yourself. You’re welcome here if you’re ‘just browsing,’ just woken 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 Christmas ten years ago.
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 keep-fit mums, football 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, are down in the dumps or don’t like ‘organised religion.’ (We’re not that keen on it either!)
We offer a welcome to those who 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 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 kids or got lost on the ring road and wound up here by mistake. We welcome pilgrims, tourists, seekers, doubters… and you!”A welcome message from Coventry Cathedral which we wholeheartedly affirm and seek to emulate!
Welcome to the Crosslacon Team, an engaging faith community where people have encountered God’s love in Jesus for over 1000 years. We are a group of ordinary people on a journey seeking to be with God and each other, and to serve the wider communities of which we are a part. Together we try and live out our faith in these places and in these times.
The Crosslacon Team is rooted in a number of communities served by four churches. Situated on the western edge of the National Park, these communities are shaped by their industrial heritage.
Each of our churches is different, but we are united in our desire to be open and welcoming faith communities. We welcome all visitors and would love to have the opportunity to get to know you better over a coffee and chat at the end of the service.
In small churches it can be hard to stay anonymous, but if you are looking for space to be on your own we will respect that.
A Prayer for and from our community for the Crosslacon Parish
O Great Love, thank you for living and loving in us and through us. May all that we do flow from our deep connection with you and all beings. Help us become a community that vulnerably shares each other’s burdens and the weight of glory.
Listen to our hearts’ longings for the healing of our world. …
Knowing you are hearing us better than we are speaking, we offer these prayers in all the holy names of God, Amen.Richard Rohr, Center for Action and Contemplation
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