Church tells worshippers to give special treatment to overweight or bald people
A Church of England book published this week says they should be regarded as worshippers with "special needs" alongside the blind, the deaf, breast-feeding mothers, very short people and readers of tabloid newspapers.
The advice is part of an initiative launched this week to make churches more friendly and less intimidating to newcomers in an attempt to increase attendance at services.
When believers assemble unto the name of Jesus Christ, such differences are hardly worth mentioning. Unbelievers always feel uncomfortable in a gathering of believers, regardless of how warm and friendly we may be.
As a fat bald guy I have to say that I have never felt bad in church. I'm not THE fattest or THE baldest yet, so there may come a time when I take those titles and begin to feel unwelcome. Come to think of it, it may be time for someone to become the advocate for balding, fat guys everywhere.
"The book, called Everybody Welcome, claims that only one in ten church visitors return because existing worshippers tend to be so unwelcoming." - - -
Hey newcomer-customer, what did you expect? The "regulars" just like at a friendly neighborhood bar where everyone knows each other, they are just playing it cool. Within large social groups exists cliques. - - -
"It urges churches to become more professional in their attitude to attracting newcomers and suggests they follow the example of department stores in appointing customer-care managers." - - -
This is easy to solve. HIRE older retirees to stand at the door as greeters just like at Walmart. Maybe have a clown or a jester to give out coupons (oops, I mean, the program). Afterall, what the customers want is probably a comfortable place to meet at a value price.
I thought we settled this LONG ago and yet they keep writing books.