Come As You Are – LGBT+ Christians celebrate ten years of inclusive welcome
A Christian community which warmly welcomes people who are LGBTQIA+, their friends and family, is celebrating its tenth anniversary in Liverpool this Sunday.
- Start Date:
- Sunday 17th June 2018
- Start Time:
- St Bride’s Church, Percy Street, Toxteth, Liverpool
- Stephen Shakespeare, Cate Jacobs
- No cost
Revd Dr Steven Shakespeare, author of Prayers for an inclusive church, will lead a communion service to mark the anniversary. Poet Cate Jacobs, author of Climbing mountains in the dark which evokes her experience of living with HIV, will give a reflection on her journey with the Open Table community.
Doors open at 6pm for refreshments before the service at 6.30pm. The service will be followed by a shared meal of soup and bread, and home-made rainbow cake.
In June 2008, six people gathered with a vision to start a regular communion service for the LGBTQIA+ community. The name Open Table was chosen because it is a term churches use to describe the practice of welcoming everyone to share in the symbolic meal of bread and wine in memory of Jesus (Holy Communion or Eucharist). Most of the monthly Open Table services are communion services, using gluten free bread and non-alcoholic wine so all are able to share in one bread and one cup of wine.
Ten years later Open Table has grown into a thriving community of up to 60 people gathering twice a month at St Bride’s Liverpool. Open Table has also multiplied across England and Wales over the last three years. Open Table communities now welcome up to 300 LGBTQIA+ people and their allies each month.