Welcome to Bethel Chapel
We extend a special welcome to those of you who are single, married, divorced, widowed, gay, straight, confused, filthy rich, comfortably off or penniless.
We extend a special welcome to the crying babies, rowdy toddlers, noisy children, teenagers, adults or those in the twilight years. You are welcome if you have dozens of children or none, if you wish you had some and don’t or if you wish you didn’t have children and do.
You are welcome if you are rake thin or if you really could do with losing a few pounds or stones. You are welcome if you are from Wollescote, Lye, Stourbridge, Dudley area or further afield. We don’t care where you live or come from – you are welcome.
You are welcome here if you can sing like Pavarotti or Katherine Jenkins or if you can’t hold a note and are tone deaf. You are welcome if you are ‘just browsing,’ just woken up or just out of prison. You are welcome if you come here every week, or every month or once a year or if you’ve never been here before and if you don’t come again. You are welcome if you are in a Church somewhere every Sunday or if you only ever darken a Church’s doorstep for hatch, match and despatch. We don’t care why you are here – you are welcome.
We extend a warm welcome to those of you who are definitely over 60 but you just haven’t grown up yet, and are not planning to any time soon or if you’re a teenager growing up too fast. We welcome gym-mad Moms, football crazy Dads and those who wouldn’t set foot inside a gym or at a football match unless on pain of death.
We welcome tree huggers, hard as nails types, latte-sippers, vegetarians and junk food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or who are still addicted to something or other. We welcome you if you are sky high happy or in the pits low, or mostly somewhere in between.
If you’ve lost all your money on the horses, you are still welcome here. You are welcome if you believe in fairies and dragons or if you only believe what you can see. You are welcome if you can’t read or have a few degrees and plenty of letters after your name and you are welcome if you belong to MENSA or if you can’t spell.
We welcome those who are inked or pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could really do with a prayer right now or if you’re sick of organised religion because it’s been rammed down your throat. You are welcome if you’ve planned to be here or wound up here by mistake.
We welcome tourists, seekers, doubters and believers.
Oh, and we welcome you too.