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!

Scroll down below to check out some of our favorite church signs for yourself and let us know what you think in the comments!

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Kimberly Young
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11 months ago

Love this!!!

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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."

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Michelle Muirhead
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11 months ago

Yes, everyone. Does not hurt to be kind regardless of faith, culture etc.

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Michelle Muirhead
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11 months ago

Brilliant

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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."


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Rarrduu GC
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11 months ago

Just recovering from a bad situation, this photo really gives me inspiration, just Wow!

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J. Zingler
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11 months ago

This sign hangs at our local jobcentre...

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"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!

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Daria Z
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11 months ago

Or money?..

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Michelle Muirhead
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11 months ago

Love it

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Gillian Black
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11 months ago

just love it

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Gillian Black
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11 months ago

dash we all need this one

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Gillian Black
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11 months ago

sadly lacking now days

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Hope Floats
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11 months ago

Given the amount of people who now have nut allergies.. Even Nutella can't do that..

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Foxxy
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11 months ago

More people need to heed this message.

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Chad Kook
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11 months ago

That pun kinda hurt lol

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meari
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11 months ago

Hehe, right next to my sink you go!

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meari
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11 months ago

These shower thoughts...

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Gillian Black
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11 months ago

and proud to be one

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Michelle Muirhead
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11 months ago

Ooh, bit naughty there.

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Gillian Black
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11 months ago

Amen to that

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Mieke Sorée
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11 months ago

English is not my first language. Can anyone please try explain this to me?

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Maria Rohlen
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11 months ago

That's a good reason!

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Daniel Morgan
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11 months ago

I can't be the only one annoyed that the full stop is the wrong way up??

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Gillian Black
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11 months ago

love thy neighbor

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Gillian Black
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11 months ago

yes I am comming

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Gillian Black
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11 months ago

so true

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Антон Христов(Anton Hristoff)
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11 months ago

If I was a craze stalker this would be my motto!

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Night Owl
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11 months ago

True

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Phil Boswell
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11 months ago

And this is why they call themselves "Welsh Church" ;-)

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Monika Soffronow
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11 months ago

I am not religious at all but it always pisses me off when people who declare that they are religious get angry with children acting like the children they are in church. Sanctimonious egotists.

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Night Owl
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11 months ago

The turkeys can be very vicious

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Patrick McKemie
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11 months ago

I guess you had to be there.

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