All Are Welcome Here

We think it’s ridiculous and oh so sad that the CHURCH, of all places, needs to create a welcoming statement. Having said that, we KNOW how many people have been harmed by churches that SAY they are welcoming and then tell ya you’re goin’ to hell either thru their words or the way they treat you.

Let AfterHours be crystal clear:

When we say we welcome all…we mean ALL.

This means we welcome families of every size (including families of one), every shape and every make-up. Every financial scenario including the homeless and the millionaire. We also welcome the convict, the junkie, and the broken…in whatever way you feel broken.

We welcome those that think they have it all figured out and those that don’t even know if they believe in God. We welcome straights, gays, bi’s, transgender, any gender, and every variation of sexual orientation or leaning, even if you don’t KNOW what category you fall under. We welcome those that enjoy throwing back a few adult beverages and those stay away from the stuff for a wide variety of reasons. We welcome all those in any stage of recovery from any and all addictions.

We also welcome the able bodied and those that don’t get around nearly as well. We welcome any and all colors of skin, and hair color. If you are tattooed, or pierced, have gauges or implants of any kind…you have a home with us.

We also welcome the liberal and the conservative; those that voted blue and those that voted red and those that didn’t vote at all. The red meat eating and the vegan are also welcome as well as those that are hungry and don’t get to eat. Even if the wheels you own are on a Hummer, a Prius or a shopping cart…your home can be with us. After all, either all means all…or it doesn’t.

We welcome the brain, the athlete, the basket case, the princess and the criminal. (Tip of the hat to the Breakfast Club.)

If we didn’t cover you in the above, know you are welcome too.

We do this because we think that is how Jesus rolled and we are trying to be like him. Simple as that. We hope you come and hang out with us to be kind to others and struggle thru life together.

We think following Jesus is simple.

It’s just not easy.

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