Church Notice Board of The Week

Church Notice Board-With Extra Fire

Well heres one with a story behind it.

According to the Daily Mail, this was taken down after complaints were made to the police:

A baptist church was at the centre of a police probe after a sign which suggested non-Christians would ‘burn in hell’ was investigated as a ‘hate incident’.

The offending sign at Attleborough Baptist Church in Norfolk, pictured burning flames below words which read: ‘If you think there is no God you better be right!!’.

Now the church has been forced to remove the sign after a passer-by complained to police that it could ‘not be further’ from the Christian phrase, love thy neighbour.

Robert Gladwin, 20, said: ‘It is my basic understanding that Christianity is inclusive and loving in nature.

‘The message being displayed outside of the church could not be further from the often uttered phrase ‘love thy neighbour’.’

Mr Gladwin said he was ‘astounded’ when he spotted the poster by chance as he was walking home.

He said: ‘I was just astounded really. We live in the 21st century and they have put that message – that non-Christians will burn in hell – up to try and scare people into joining their mentality.’

The strongly-worded sign – which was put up next to a notice board which promises that visitors ‘can always be sure of a very warm welcome‘ – was taken down by Pastor John Rose, 69, after police launched an investigation into the complaint.

The italics were added by myself.

Interestingly, the article moves onto to include comments from Norfolk Humanists and the National Secular Society defending the churches right to free speech.

I hope for the sake of the guy that made the complaint, that he doesn’t see some of the other signs that pop up outside churches.


Fears of jeans and hoodies in pulpit

Over this weekend, the Daily Mail has reported on a vote due in the Church of England synod to decide if clergy’s robes are surplice to requirements. This is leading to (according to the Daily Mail ), “Fears of jeans and hoodies in pulpit”.

Seeing as I wear jeans and a hoody to church most weeks, I wouldn’t really notice if vicars started turning up in a similar outfit.

Personally I think the Daily Mail have missed the point, and the real reason why we should be worried about the vote on clergy robes. If clergy robes are found to be surplice to requirements, then whats to stop a respected vicar from turning up to a service dressed like this:

Does the good old C of E need to call Gok Wan in to keep us all looking presentable yet acceptable?

Manchester Cathedral and The Row That Isn’t.

Question: When is a row not a row?

Answer: When the Daily Mail says there is one.

Check this out. The headline reads: “Church of England row as cathedral opens doors to tarot card readers and crystal healers in ‘new age’ festival”. The first line of the article says “The Church of England was braced for a fresh row today after a cathedral announced plans to host a ‘new age’ festival.”

“Braced for”.  Thats it. No row. No negative comment about the plans from anyone. Just an expectation that there will be one. Its simply doom and gloom reporting from the Daily Mail. I cant help but wonder if they’re trying to push a row into starting?

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