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Coming-out to your Church

For Christians, or for people from a Christian background, finding the strength to admit to yourself that you are gay or bisexual can be a long and arduous journey.  However, finding the courage, moment and method to start being open with people at church – particularly when you suspect the response might not be 100% positive – can at times seem even more challenging.  Here are 5 top tips from ‘out’ LGBT+ Christians that might help make the first handful of conversations easier.

 

Coming-out to your Christian parents

Whether you’re 15 or 55, saying “I’m gay” to your parents for the first time can be one of the most difficult moments of your life.  When Mum and Dad hold deep religious convictions that same-sex relationships are sinful, the pressure can be even greater.  Nonetheless, LGBT+ Christians around the world have survived the dreaded conversion and lived to tell the tale.  Here’s 5 top tips that can help prepare for the nerve-wracking talk.

 

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Naming ceremony for Henry Karl Stafford

Minister: Introduction

Henry is here today:

  • To thank God for the gift of his life and health
  • To dedicate himself publically to serving Jesus who – through his life, death, resurrection and example – taught us how to love God and our neighbours as ourselves
  • To call on us – his friends – to commit ourselves to supporting him in his life and journey of faith
  • To ask God’s blessing on him in the years ahead

Henry: My Story

A Matter of Integrity: The Bible and homosexuality

Steve Chalke has helped the Church to engage in the debate around LGB+T inclusion and same-sex marriage. Steve’s article, A Matter of Integrity, published in 2013, called the Church to grapple with the issues of sexuality and inclusion. He has called for Christians to face what he describes as the central issue, asking “what does real, Christ-like, inclusion look like?”

Steve’s article marked the first time in history that a well-known evangelical Christian leader publicly declared their support for loving, faithful and committed same-sex relationships.

9 Habits - Hopeful - A Reflection Resource

Hope imagines what is possible and won’t give up until it happens...
Hope is bold. It says that things don’t have to be the way they are...
Hope stands up for the forgotten and the lonely and the ignored...

We've developed Awe & Wonder reflection resources for each of the 9 Habits. Here's a reflection resource about Hope, which can be used alongside the church resources that you can find here.

Restoring Confidence in the Bible

“It happens often. It can be over a coffee, in a bar, on a train, at an airport, during a conference or after a church service. In recent years, I seem to have lots of conversations with people – young and old – who, from very different starting points, all want to talk about exactly the same dilemma; the Bible. Some begin by explaining that they have no confidence in the Bible, which they have dismissed as irrelevant to their questions about life.

9 Habits - Hopeful - An All Age Resource for Churches

The Oasis 9 Habits are an invitation to live a different way – a way characterised by being compassionate, humble, patient, honest, joyful, considerate, hopeful, forgiving and self-controlled. The Open Church Network will be bringing you a range of resources, designed to help churches, church leaders and church members (of all ages) to explore the 9 Habits - in Sunday morning worship, in schools and in community groups.

A vision for community: I saw a new London...

It was 8 o'clock on Monday morning.

I was standing by Lambeth North station.

And I saw a new London coming down from the heavens.

 

I saw a teenager leaping out of bed with joy,

laughing with the freshness of the morning.

 

I saw elderly ladies skipping down Kennington Road.

 

I saw children paddling in the River Thames.

 

I saw a football match in Kennington Park and the teams were mixed people

from every people group: asylum seekers And taxi drivers, policemen and