Open Table : Safe sacred space for LGBTQIA+ Christians
Open Table is a network of ecumenical Christian worship communities which offer a warm welcome to people who are: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer / Questioning, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQIA) and all who seek an inclusive Church.
Open Table aims to create a safe sacred space for you to explore your faith and what it means for you. Whoever you are, wherever you come from, you are welcome here.
Open Table is for Christians who are here, who will not go away, and who simply ask to be recognised and accepted. Our vision is of a world where LGBTQIA+ people are fully included within our church traditions and communities. Until then, we will continue to nurture safe, sacred, sacramental, sustainable space where LGBTQIA+ Christians can ‘come as you are’.
Open Table is crowdfunding!
If you value Open Table, you can help! Starting Tuesday 5th November at 6.30pm, until 6.30pm on Sunday 31st December 2019, we aim to raise £15,000 to raise the profile and capacity of Open Table to respond to the Archbishop of Canterbury’s call for ‘a radical new Christian inclusion in the Church‘. We believe the Spirit is moving in this, as the growth of the network in the past four years is:
‘immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine’ [Ephesians 3:20].
If you value the ministry of Open Table, please share the link below, and give if you are able:
Open Table began in Liverpool in June 2008. Now Open Table communities gather across the UK, hosted by inclusive churches. Click here to read a brief history of Open Table, published in Journeys in Grace and Truth, edited by Jayne Ozanne, June 2016.
Watch our short film, ‘Will it be Open Table?’, with sound (and subtitles if you need them), on Youtube here.
To enquire about joining the growing network of Open Table ecumenical worship communities, click the ‘Contact us’ button at the foot of the page.
Open Table Liverpool on the first and third Sunday of the month at St Bride’s CofE, L8 7LT.
Refreshments from 6.00pm, worship from 6.30pm.
Open Expression Stoke on the first Sunday of the month at the Summer Street Centre, home of Stoke Baptist Church, ST4 4BU. Refreshments from 6.00pm, worship from 6.30pm.
Open Table North East on the first Sunday of the month at Space4, Ground Floor, Houghton Library, 74 Newbottle Street, DH4 4GB. Refreshments from 7.00pm, worship from 7.15pm.
Open Table Cambridge on the second and fourth Sunday of each month at Emmanuel URC, CB2 1QY, home to Downing Place URC. Refreshments from 7.00pm, worship from 7.30pm.
Open Table Chester on the second Sunday of the month at Wesley Church Centre, St. John Street CH1 1DA. Worship at 6.30 with refreshments afterwards
Open Table Sefton on the second Sunday of the month at All Saints with St Frideswyde, L23 9TQ. Refreshments from 6.00pm, worship from 6.30pm.
Open Table Warrington on the second Sunday of the month at St John’s URC, WA4 6QE. Refreshments from 6.00pm, worship from 6.30pm.
Open Table is growing and expanding across Greater Manchester. Come as you are:
- on the second Sunday of the month at St Paul’s CofE, Erskine Rd, Manchester M9 6RA. Refreshments from 6pm, service at 6.30pm.
- on the third Sunday of the month at Sacred Trinity CofE, Chapel St, Salford M3 7WQ. Refreshments from 6.45pm, service at 7.15pm.
Open Table Derby on the third Sunday of the month at St Werburgh’s CofE, Spondon DE21 7GL. Service at 6.30pm.
Open Table Widnes on the third Sunday of the month at St Michael & St Thomas, Ditchfield Road, WA8 8HY from 6.30pm.
Open Table is growing and expanding across Greater London.. Come as you are
- on the third Sunday of the month at St James CofE,NW6 2AP. Refreshments 6.30pm, service 7pm.
- on the fourth Sunday of the month at the Church of the Ascension, Blackheath SE10 8AN. Refreshments from 6pm, service from 6.30pm.
Open Table Wigan on the fourth Sunday of the month at St John the Evangelist CofE, Abram, WN2 5RQ. Tea and coffee from 6.00pm, worship at 6:30pm.
Open Table St Asaph is hosted by the LGBTQIA+ Chaplaincy in the Church In Wales Diocese. Click here for dates and times.
Open Table Bangor is hosted by the LGBT+ chaplaincy began in the Church In Wales Diocese - watch this space for further details.
Open Table St Helens is CURRENTLY ON HOLD - Plans are emerging for a relaunch in Autumn 2019 - watch this space for details.
Open Table Isle of Man is NO LONGER MEETING - if you are on the island and would like to find an inclusive church, please contact us by clicking the button below.
COMING SOON: More Open Table gatherings to be confirmed - Watch this space!