The chaplaincy is a safe sacred space where LGBTQIA+ people and friends can gather to explore their spirituality and be affirmed as created in the image of God. It is rooted in the belief that all are welcome and focus on pastoral care.
There is a Eucharist specifically for the LGBTQIA+ community and friends at least once a month, known as an Open Table. The chaplaincy will be holistic in its approach: after each service there will be an opportunity for fellowship, to share stories and learn from each other’s journey of faith.
The service is open to everyone who is LGBTQIA+ and any who are supportive. Clergy colleagues will be able to refer people to Sarah, especially those seeking information about marriage and blessings.
At the moment it’s just Sarah as chaplain but there are plenty of other supportive clergy and lay people across the Diocese.
'This chaplaincy is rooted in pastoral support offering a welcome to all to meet with God, just as you are. For years I couldn’t say the words of Psalm 139 ‘I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.’ I can now and I want everyone, regardless of their sexuality, to be able to do the same.'
Revd Sarah Hildreth-Osborn leads the LGBTQIA+ chaplaincy.
Sarah is the Vicar at St Grwst Church, Llanrwst.
You can contact Sarah by email:
All Open Table gathering happen at 11.30am at St Grwst’s Llanrwst, beginning with a Eucharist followed by a bring your own lunch and a very healthy dose of conversation and discussion all in a safe, sacred space.
Our next meetings will be:
15th January 2022
19th February 2022
19th March 2022
14th May 2022
"All One In Christ" is a short film made by members of Changing Attitude Trawsnewid Agwedd Cymru through the Iris Prize Outreach scheme. It won first in the community films section of the Iris Prize.
The film was part of a mini Iris Prize film festival called Telling Our Stories, featuring people’s stories from across the world. It was made in response to an invitation from the bishops for church groups to get involved with the Iris Prize Outreach scheme. Iris also gave a special leadership award for the group's work within church and society for LGBT+ inclusion.