LGBTQIA+ Chaplaincy and Open Tables

24 March 2020: The Bench of Bishops of the Church in Wales has issued a Further Pastoral Declaration, the immediate effect of which is that all church services and gatherings for public worship and study groups and other events should no longer take place.  Further details are included in the Pastoral Guidance from The Bench of Bishops 24 March 2020.  

In 2019, Open Table meets on the 4th Thursday evening of the month at
St Michael's church, Llandudno Junction at 7pm.  The regular meetings are based on Open Table Eucharists. 
Please note: Open Table will not meet in December.

Dates for 2020 - currently not meeting due to Coronavirus:            
  • 23 January
  • 27 February
  • 26 March
  • 23 April
  • 28 May
  • 25 June
  • 23 July
  • 27 August
  • 24 September
  • 22 October
  • 26 November

You can download this leaflet for more information in Welsh and English:  LGBTQIA+ Chaplaincy

Revd Sarah Hildreth-Osborn leads the LGBTQIA+ chaplaincy.  Sarah is the Vicar at St Grwst Church, Llanrwst. 

You can contact Sarah by email:

Download flier about LGBTQIA+ Chaplaincy
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.