Diocesan press releases

A year of Open Table with the LGBTQIA+ chaplaincy in St Asaph

The UK’s first LGBTQIA+ chaplaincy in the Diocese of St Asaph is celebrating a year of holding regular monthly meetings.

Open Table was launched in January 2017 and meets monthly in two locations in North Wales: St Grwst Church,in Llanwrst and St Peter’s in Holywell.

The LGBTQIA+ chaplain, the Revd Sarah Hildreth Osborn said: “The chaplaincy was set up to create a safe, sacred space as the Christian faith has something to offer everyone, including the LGBTQIA+ community.

“Our monthly meetings, called Open Table, involve worship and Eucharist but also an opportunity to learn from God and each other and socialise together.

“A year after our first meeting, we’re joining together for a special service at 7pm on 16 January at St Grwst Church,in Llanwrst, followed by a curry and we’d be delighted to welcome others to join us.”

As well as the regular monthly meetings, the LGBTQIA chaplaincy has run a number of events throughout the year including a sacred space at Flintshire Pride and a service to mark 50 years since the partial decriminisation of homosexuality at St Asaph Cathedral.

Open Table meets at St Grwst Church,in Llanwrst on the 3rd Tuesday of every month.  It meets at St Peter’s Church in Holywell on the 2nd Thursday of every month.

For information about the chaplaincy, contact the Revd Sarah Hildreth-Osborn.