Have you ever wondered whether you would be welcome at a particular church? Unfortunately, you’re not alone. Are you a doubter or a seeker? Maybe you’ve wondered if your welcome would go something like this:
If you are White, Black, Asian, Native American, or Hispanic…
If you are three days old, 30 years old, or 103 years old…
If you’ve never stepped foot in a church; or if you are Roman Catholic, Protestant, Agnostic, Buddhist, or are a life-long member of the UCC…
If you are single, married, divorced, separated, or partnered…
If you are male or female, straight or lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender…
If you are a Republican, Democrat, Independent, Socialist, or not registered to vote…
If you have, or had, addictions, phobias, abortions, or a criminal record….
If you own your home, rent, live with your parents, or are homeless….
If you are fully-abled, disabled, have PTSD, or are a person of differing abilities…
You ARE welcome here!
Many of us didn’t know what to expect when we walked through the doors of our church the first time. But what we found kept us coming back.
We hear from a lot of people who wonder, “Would I be welcome at West Dover Congregational Church?” Many more probably never ask. So we wanted to go ahead and answer some of the questions we’ve already heard:
Am I welcome if I’ve never been to church before? YES!
If I’m a single parent? YES!
If I don’t believe the earth was created in six 24 hour days? YES!
If I’m divorced? Or if I’m divorced and remarried? YES!
If I didn’t grow up in the United Church of Christ? YES!
If I believe there is truth in science? YES!
If English isn’t my first language? YES!
If I’m gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, or I love someone who is? YES!
If I’m in recovery from addiction? YES!
If I like to read “Harry Potter”? YES!
If my spouse/partner is of a different faith? YES!
If I’ve never been baptized? YES!
If I bring my small children? YES!
If I have to work most Sunday mornings? YES!
If I’m more comfortable wearing jeans and a t-shirt to church than a suit? YES
If I take the Bible seriously, but not literally? YES!
If I am a person with a disability? YES!
If I believe all people are created equal? YES!
If I’m a youth or young adult? YES!
If I drink alcohol? YES!
If it’s been a while since I’ve been to church? YES!
If I prefer classic rock to Christian rock? YES!
If I’m a seasonal resident and not here all year? YES!
If I vote for Democrats? Or Republicans? Or any other political party? YES!
If I’ve made some big mistakes in my life? YES!
If I can’t afford to put anything in the offering plate? YES!
If I have doubts? YES!
Our denomination, the United Church of Christ, has two sayings that we believe embody our welcome of all. First, “Jesus didn’t reject anyone; neither do we.” And second, “No Matter Who You Are, Or Where You Are On Life’s Journey, you are welcome here.”
We believe that all people are children of God. No exceptions.
We embrace and cherish every person and every kind of family. God’s love and grace are extended abundantly and equally to all. We seek to follow the example of Jesus Christ by welcoming everyone in our worship, our fellowship, and our leadership, irrespective of gender, sexual identity, physical or mental ability, ethnicity or economic means. ALL are welcome.
We don’t just say these things. We mean them. Our welcome is unconditional, and open to all. Including you. Join us on Sunday, and see for yourself.