LGBTQIA+ Chaplaincy and Open Tables

In 2018, Open Table will be meeting monthly:

              St Peters Holywell            2nd Thursday of every month
              St Grwsts, Llanrwst          3rd Tuesday of every month

The regular meetings are based on Open Table Eucharists.  You can download this leaflet for more information in Welsh and English:  LGBTQIA+ Chaplaincy

The LGBTQIA+ chaplaincy is led by the Revd Sarah Hildreth-Osborn and is based at St Grwst Church, Llanrwst, where Sarah is the Vicar.  St Peter’s in Holywell also hosts regular LGBTQIA+ services.

Please note that Open Table is not meeting at St Giles, Wrexham.

On 16 January 2018, we marked our first birthday with Eucharist at St Grwst's, Llanrwst, followed by a curry at the Indian on the Square in Llanrwst to celebrate with supporters/friends.

You can contact Sarah by email:

Download flier about LGBTQIA+ Chaplaincy
Download poster for Open Table, St Grwst Church
Sarah outlined her plans in an interview with Teulu Asaph, the diocesan magazine.  You can read the article on page 10 here .
The chaplaincy will be a safe sacred space where LGBTQIA+ people can gather to explore their spirituality and be affirmed as created in the image of God.   
It will be rooted in the belief that all are welcome and focus on pastoral care.

There will be a Eucharist specifically for the LGBTQIA+ community 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.  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.  Sarah says, 'in these early stages, I think it’s important that those leading services are themselves members of the LGBTQIA+ community.

'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.'

"All One in Christ"

"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.

Coming out of the Shadows
Dod allan o'r Cysgodion

Thursday 19 October / Nos Iau 19 Hydref

A celebration to mark the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality
Dathliad i nodi 50 mlynedd ers dad-droseddoli cyfunrywloldeb

All welcome - Croeso i bawb

Download posters: English / Cymraeg