Hi, and a very warm welcome to you!
We are a church located on the Mackworth estate, serving the community.
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 care 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 those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems, are down in the dumps or don’t like ‘organised religion.’ (We’re not that keen on it either, and we’re not very organised either!).
We offer a welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or are here because granny is visiting and wanted to come to St Francis’.
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 throat as kids or got lost on the ring road and wound
up here by mistake. We welcome pilgrims, tourists, seekers, doubters… and you!
Our church is under the patronage of St Francis a 12 th Century Italian Saint who wanted to do Christianity very differently. He chose a radical expression of the way of Jesus as he taught in Matthew chapters 5-7. And we think this is a pretty good way to be a Christian. So we’re on the side of the outsiders, the poor and the marginalised, we’ve decided to suspend judgement of people and instead invite them to walk in the way of Jesus. If that’s you, welcome….
Welcome to your Parish Church!