Big Queer Carols - it's that time of year again!
The pumpkins are long gone and the coffee shops are showing off their seasonal beverages - yes, it's officially Christmas. Well, still almost 2 months to go, but not too soon to be thinking about our own queer Christmas celebrations. Want to share the joy - with your churchy chums or your with our LGBTQI+ brothers and sisters who wouldn't set foot in church? Great - let's set a date and get planning.
Big Queer Carols started last year as a collaboration of a number of groups - Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, OneBodyOneFaith, Two23 network, Affirm: Baptists Together for LGBT Christians - bringing carols and stories to life for the festive season. And then there was Big Queer Carols Coventry, facilitated by Methodist Central Hall, but appearing for one night only at the Yard, Coventry's LGBTQI+ bar and club. It was a really special evening.
This year we'd like to invite you to join us in organising your own Big Queer Carols, wherever you are. We'll help with customisable publicity, social media support and tweakable carol sheets (think Bethlehem Carol Sheet but with added glitter!) All we need is your enthusiasm, and a small team to spread the joy. Identify a venue - it doesn't need to be a church - agree a date and bring the creativity and carollers.
If you'd like to find out more about getting involved, get in touch - let's make Big Queer Carols as much a date on the calendar as Christians at Pride. Wherever people are, and however far from church they might feel, this is an opportunity for them to come close and catch a glimpse of something special, something sparkly, something which is as much for us queer folk as it is for the rest of humankind.