An Oregon church which came under fire in recent weeks for instituting a ban on fat people as part of a slew of mandatory guidelines to be a part of the congregation’s worship team, apologised for the ban on Saturday and begged forgiveness to anyone their rules may have offended.
“There has been some media circulating about our Worship Team Guidelines. Forgive us if we offended anyone. That certainly was not our intention. These guidelines have never been used to discriminate against anyone and have never been enforced,” New Creation Church in Hillsboro declared in the terse apology posted on its website in reaction to the online backlash that ensued after details of their “Worship Team Guidelines” came under recent scrutiny.
“We want the worship team to look the best they can! Remember that the way we look is of utmost importance,” the guidelines to would-be worship team members at the Oregon church warned in the document declaring “no excessive weight.” “We are the first thing the congregation sees. People do judge by appearance. We never get a second chance to make that first impression. Please be sure that your style and clothing bring honor and glory to God, isn’t excessive and doesn’t draw unnecessary attention to yourself,” it added. Read more