We are a group of LGBT+ people and friends who have found that there are no outsiders to God’s love and that God welcomes us IN to share God’s life just as we are.
We meet at 7.00pm on the first Saturday of the month offering an unconditional welcome to LGBT+ people, their families, friends and all who seek an inclusive church.
You are welcome to join us at outsideIN activities and events whether or not you have a faith and wherever you are on your faith journey.
Some recent highlights…
Our October outsideIN communion service included a first for us – a baptism. Tom’s baptism.
You may have seen or met Tom, who became part of St Luke’s congregation in June this year. His ‘God moment’ happened at the pre-Pride service of Compline at York Minster when a vocal quartet sang ‘This Heart’, a specially composed choral piece by Christopher Churcher based on the poem by Jay Hulme ‘Jesus at the Gay Bar’ (see inset).
At his baptism, Tom talked about his three encounters with the church. As a young boy the local church was used by his parents as a child-minding service for Tom. As a student, he went to a church, was warmly welcomed, and then in the talk … homosexuals were condemned. The warmth of the welcome turned very cold!
He was encouraged to come to the pre-Pride event at the Minster by a neighbour, and was blown away by the welcome and acceptance he received there. The candle-lit service of Compline which included the specially composed choral piece based on the final words of Jay Hulme’s poem: ‘my beautiful child, there is nothing in this heart of yours that ever needs to be healed’. This struck Tom deeply, resulting in his desire to be baptised. We read the poem and listened to the music during the baptism service. We were so grateful that Christopher, the composer, gave us permission to do this.
By special request, Greg led the service which was both beautiful and moving. Stewart gave the reflection reminding us that whatever we feel about ourselves, God loves us just as we are and invites us to experience life in all its fullness in the communities in which we live and work.
It was lovely to be joined by some of Tom’s friends and neighbours and some from the St Luke’s family. Tom’s partner, Alex, a former Junior Bake-off contestant no less, was Tom’s sponsor, and treated us to his baking skills after the service with a truly amazing lemon drizzle cake!
Summer Walk and Picnic
We had a walk and a picnic after church in August. We walked from church into the City and then down by the River Ouse to the Milennium Bridge and back on the other side of the river via Rowntree Park where we had our picnic lunch. We managed to dodge the only shower of the day, sheltering under the balcony of the Rowntree Park café! Of course we couldn’t resist the temptation to pop into the café for a hot drink.