A Message from our Vicar
Welcome in the name of Jesus Christ
We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, and those whose relationships are “just a bit complicated”. We welcome the filthy rich, comfortable or dirt poor. We extend a special welcome to wailing babies, excited toddlers, and their very tired parents.
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 mind 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, hipsters, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome the popular kids, the nerds and everyone who falls somewhere in between. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems, just holding on, down in the dumps or don’t like what you’ve seen or heard about churches in the past (frankly, we sometimes don’t like what we see or hear either).
We offer a welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or will only come because grandma is visiting. 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 throats as kids, or got lost and wound up here by mistake.
No matter who you vote for, where you come from, the length of your beard or the colour of your skin, you’re welcome here. We welcome you not because we think you’re a good person or bad, but simply because you are a person.
We welcome you, because others welcomed us.
We welcome pilgrims, tourists, regulars, seekers, doubters…
and, of course, you!
Fr Luke Hopkins – Vicar of St Martin’s