LGBT+

A screenshot of a cell phoneDescription generated with high confidenceSt John’s is not an ‘issue based’ church, simply a Parish Church trying to celebrate the love of a God who breaks down barriers and welcomes all who respond. You are welcome at St John's whatever your gender or sexual orientation.

Transgender flagWe believe that human sexuality, sexual orientation and gender identity in all their richness are gifts of God gladly to be accepted, enjoyed and honoured as a way of both expressing and growing in love, in accordance with the life and teaching of Jesus Christ.

If you are in a civil partnership or a same-sex marriage we are very happy to celebrate with you the commitment you have made or are making. The Church of England cannot at present offer a service of marriage to same-sex couples, but our Bishops have encouraged us to offer prayer for and with you as you take this step, and we are delighted to be able to do so.

And if you are gay or lesbian, bisexual or transgendered, we will Baptise your children and offer you every other ministry of the Church. You will also be welcomed into the fellowship of the congregation to the extent that you want to be.

And on a practical note, all our facilities are gender-neutral.

St John’s is a Visible Congregation with OneBodyOneFaith as LGBT+ Christians tell us of their need to look for churches with an explicit commitment to welcome so as to avoid pain and hurt. We try to ensure such a welcome. Whilst members of the congregation may hold a range of views on sexuality, some of our members - gay, straight, trans, married, single - have felt sufficiently comfortable to make this their regular place of worship.

St John’s is also a ‘Registered Inclusive Church’, a church which seeks not to discriminate on any level, including: economic power, gender, gender identity, mental health, mental ability, physical ability, race or sexuality.

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