History - Our group was organized in 2019 in response to the recognition that we, as members of First St. Charles United Methodist Church, wanted to speak up as advocates for the LGBTQ+ community, especially within our own congregation. This desire was shared by our clergy, who facilitated the formation of two new groups - the "Way Forward Reconciling" group composed primarily of allies and another group composed of members of the LGBTQ+ community.
As allies of the LGBTQ+ community, the focus of our group was to raise awareness within our own church and to begin a campaign of education, advocacy, inclusion, and outreach to insure everyone would feel welcome at First Church St. Charles.
We are encouraged by the progress we have made and by the support we have received from other church members and pastoral staff, but we realize there is much more to be done. We embrace the work that lies ahead, knowing that only good can come from it. We welcome everyone who would like to join us!
Confidential Group - About the same time we were getting the Way Forward Reconciling Community off the ground, another group was formed and continues to this day. This confidential group consists of members of the LGBTQ+ community who meet to share, listen, and support one another. They meet at an off campus location and anyone is welcome. If you are interested in knowing more about this group, please contact Pastor Bart Hildreth: firstname.lastname@example.org