The Christian presence at the Pride in London Parade on Saturday began and ended with prayers. An ecumenical prayer breakfast was held at St Anne's Anglican Church in Soho. Another ecumenical service took place nearby at St Giles-in-the-Fields in the evening.
Around 25 people from LGBT+ Catholics Westminster joined the Parade while others staffed an information stall in Soho Square throughout the day - the only faith-based presence in the Community Market Place. A spokesman said: "In this we are echoing Pope Francis' call to go out to the peripheries of Church and society." More than 3,000 people of all faiths and none, visited the stall to chat and collect information cards and leaflets.
LGBT+ Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council members had attended the third Pre-Pride Reception, on Tuesday, 2 July, hosted by the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Cllr Ruth Bush who is a Methodist. During the Reception, Cllr Bush spoke about recent advances made in Westminster City Council including the appointment of Cllr Ian Adams as Lead Councillor on LGBT+ concerns, including related hate-crime incidence.
During the evening ecumenical service at St Giles-in-the-Fields, participants reflected on the fact it is now 50 years since the Stonewall riots. While much has been achieved, they acknowledged that more still needs to be done.
LGBT+ Catholics Westminster with friends and family next gather at Farm Street Jesuit Church, 114 Mount Street, Mayfair, London W1K 3AH for the 5.30pm Mass, on Sunday 14 July 2019, followed by refreshments in the Parish Hall.
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