It’s hard to persuade you about what we know: that you’re welcome here, from the moment you walk in the door. Hope you don’t mind, but people are going to act like they’re glad to see you. And when they get to know you, that won’t go away. It’s hard to prove this to you, because churches have a well-earned reputation for being unfriendly, judgmental, and hypocritical.

So if you have the courage to come through the door under the archway on a Sunday morning a little before ten, you’ll find out about the welcome we have for you. But there are other ways to get to know what we’re about here.

One is to show up at a study group. We have one that meets on Tuesdays at 8 a.m. in the back room at Biggby Coffee on Michigan Avenue, and another that meets at Superior Apartments at 1:15 on Wednesdays.

A small group of college students gets together for serious and open-minded discussion on Mondays at 8 p.m.

Or, for women, try Women United, a group of women committed to being and making community, and to supporting each other moving forward. The general meeting with dinner (free, childcare provided) is on third Mondays at about 5:30 at the north end of the church building.

Or the senior lunch, one Monday each month; or one of our Faith in Action weekends, when we get out and do helpful things around Albion. Or call Jeremy and make a time to sit down together.

So who’s welcome to be a full part of our congregation?

People with serious doubts about Christianity

People of any gender and sexual minority

People of any color or ethnicity

People without “Sunday clothes”

People without money for the offering

People who aren’t perfect

There’s a world of people who don’t understand why some of us like to get together on Sundays at 10, sing songs together, pray together, and listen to a message from a preacher. If you’re one of the majority of people who don’t understand the whole communal worship thing, that’s OK. There are lots of other ways to connect with other thoughtful people and talk about spiritual questions, or work together for good.