As with everyone who comes to St Mary’s you are welcome here on your own terms and like anyone else, we’d love to encourage you to serve and lead in any area of the church according to your gifts. We are blessed at St Mary’s to have many LGBTQ+ members, both individuals and couples, who serve and lead in our Sunday services, small groups, worship band, kids and youth teams. We understand the importance of representation so we also invite LGBTQ+ guest speakers from time to time and we have two members of our LGBTQ+ community, Ben and Essie, on our PCC (church council).
In terms of limitations, same sex marriage is not yet legal in the Church of England so we regret that we are unable to perform marriages or blessings for same sex couples. We also won’t necessarily endorse all aspects of wider LGBTQ+ political agendas (or other political agendas) as we believe the church is primarily called to extend the kingdom of God and not into politics.
If you have any questions for our team or you’d like to be put in touch with our PCC members Ben or Essie please get in touch.
We would love to meet you at one of our services soon!