WINNIPEG – Douglas Mennonite Church is known for its topical signboard, but none has received as much attention as recent Jets-inspired messages.
“Yes Jesus said love your enemies. Yes this includes Anaheim,” the sign said last week, referring to the Anaheim Ducks, the Jets’ first-round playoff opponent.
This week’s sign suggests church members are praying for the Jets, down 3-0 in the series and one loss away from being out of the playoffs.
“Prayer meeting Wednesday 8:30 p.m. MTS Centre,” the sign says. The MTS Centre is the Jets’ arena.
“Oh yeah, we’re all praying,” said a laughing Adam Robinson, the associate pastor who came up with the wording for the signs. “We’re all into it here.”
The church has received almost exclusively positive feedback about the messages. Robinson has only heard about one comment that perhaps the signs aren’t appropriate.
“People connect around this stuff,” Robinson said. “I think it’s good to be recognized for our sense of humour.”
While there are undoubtedly bigger concerns in the world, the city is engaged in the biggest party it’s had in many years and the church won’t hold itself separate from that, he said.
And if someone doesn’t get the joke and shows up at the MTS Centre to pray, that might not be all bad, he said with another laugh.
“It might produce some benefit.”