This evening is predominantly a social event, there is a lot of cheese to get through and some wine … a few people have kindly agreed to read and sing and there is even a short part of a film, all of which show light in our world in its own different way.
Some words used at the beginning of a gathering at Church recently. Paul Pritchard, who arranged it writes:
On the evening of Saturday 3rd June, St C’s extended a warm welcome to visitors and regular members of the congregation for a cheese and wine evening arranged to celebrate our inclusiveness. The evening, which was part of our church Sharing the Light programme, had a particular emphasis on the LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans, questioning, inter-sex & asexual) community although everyone was welcome. Nineteen people attended and were treated to film, song and prose, all of which were chosen to emphasise the light in our world found in love, togetherness and convergence of different lifestyles through the sharing of a common purpose.
In true St Chrysostom’s style, we welcomed people without question and shared our hospitality. A number of people had never set foot through the church doors before but without exception each of those people said they felt welcome, some said uplifted and other commented that they hoped there would be more opportunities to get together again.
At the beginning of the evening some short prayers were said, including; Jesus Christ, light of the world, you shine on every human being. Enable us to discern your presence in each person. There was real warmth and fellowship in that gathering on Saturday, surely a sign of Christ’s light in each person there.
“When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.
I felt very welcome as we shared stories, poems and songs. The fellowship and moments of quiet reflection made the event a success.
Thanks especially to Paul who made me feel very welcome and arranged the evening with great skill to allow for humour, friendship and quiet prayer.
Events like this show that the church is practising what it preaches; love, tolerance and genuine spiritual fellowship.”
Did you attend? If you did you’re very welcome to comment below, and share thoughts or ideas for future such events. We’d like to consider the ‘What next’?