While numbers of people who identify as Christians are gradually declining in Australia, some churches, notably those that appeal to youth and inclusiveness, are bucking the trend.
Melbourne Welsh Church, which describes itself as a radically inclusive church, a warm and welcoming worship community situated near the heart of Melbourne, is just one of these places, moving on with the times and spreading God's word to a new generation of worshippers.
One of the most effective ways to break with the stuffy, serious, and boring reputation that going to church can have is to introduce a healthy dose of a good sense of humor. Melbourne Welsh Church does that through their funny signs, using a mix of witty wordplay, inclusive messages, and funny puns to promote themselves as an enjoyable and welcoming place, no matter who you are!
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With the world seemingly getting ever more divided, it is more important than ever to celebrate the things that unite us. Humor is one of those things and Siôn, one of the ministers at Melbourne Welsh Church, knows this only too well. "I am the one responsible for most of the religious jokes on the signs," he told Bored Panda.
"They are not designed to attract people (bonus if they do) they are to make people think and also, hopefully, see a different side to Christianity. Not all Christians hate anyone different to them, some of us prefer to live with love."
Sion went on to explain that the signs with christian jokes have garnered plenty of attention for the church, and he even gets request sometimes! "We do get loads of emails and tweets about the signs. Most positive, though not all," he said.
"There are a group of workers over the road who email if we haven’t changed the sign in a while. It’s quite popular."
"I find the signs myself, some are made up, some I see online, now people are sending me them too."
Sion even went on to tell us that he got inspiration from a Bored Panda post about Pastor Adam Eriksen. Pastor Adam has a similar penchant for funny and inspirational signs, and shares the same inclusive message about Christianity. Everyone is welcome!
"God loves you relentlessly and eternally because God is love," is one of Pastor Adam's core principles. Sion and his fellow worshippers down at Melbourne Welsh Church wholeheartedly agree!
Keep scrolling to check out the rest of Sion's brilliant signs, and peace be with you!