Sibyls evening services
We hold services for evening worship each month on Zoom. The services vary depending on the leader, but we always share readings, music and prayer. The services on Zoom have become a wonderful way for Sibyls to join together from all parts of the country. We have a get-together afterwards to chat and share.
Future dates: Tuesday 10 August at 19.00, Friday 10 September at 19.00
The services are open to all trans people, friends, partners and supporters. You do not need to be a member of the sibyls to come, just email email@example.com to let us know you would like to attend.
A chance to connect with others on Zoom, to reflect on recent days, listen and support. Sometimes we will have a topic to share experiences and views about; sometimes a book to read or film to watch and discuss. Each time, everyone is invited to bring something that resonates with them – whether a poem or prose to read, some music to listen to, a picture to look at.
Future dates: Monday 26 July, Wednesday 25 August at 19:00
These informal meetings are for sibyls members, friends, partners, and other invitees
Residential weekend at Purley Chase centre, Warwickshire
Friday 24 – Sunday 26 September 2021
The residential weekend has been a foundation of Sibyls as a community – a chance to relax, chat, share and worship together, and to get to know others much better over meals and walks. This year we welcome Alex Clare-Young to lead the weekend. Discussion sessions will take place on the Saturday morning. Saturday afternoon is free to chill out or visit local attractions.
Christian communities, transgender people, and Celtic traditions
This weekend, we will consider how Christian community brings support and insight to transgender people in their everyday lives, by learning about two Christian traditions. The Iona and Corrymeela Communities are Ecumenical Christian Communities in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Alex Clare-Young is a member of the Iona Community, Susan Gilchrist is a member of the Corrymeela Community. Both communities:
- have brought reconciliation and healing to socially and religiously divided societies.
- have the common tradition of Celtic Christianity at their foundations.
- work and campaign for full LGBTI inclusion in society, and across Christian denominations.
Celtic Christianity has brought differing attitudes to men, women, gender identity, and gender roles compared to Roman Christianity. We will examine how we may use these experiences to enrich the welcome and inclusion of transgender people in today’s society, churches and institutions.
Purley Chase is a retreat and event centre set in the beautiful North Warwickshire countryside, offering comfortable en-suite and dormitory accommodation. This event is for members of the Sibyls and their partners only. The booking form will be sent with the newsletter and is here. To apply to join, please click on ‘Contact us’.
London evening meetings for 2021
We have developed a wonderful link with St Anne’s Anglican Church in Dean Street, Soho, and the rector Rev’d Simon Buckley. Over the past few years we have held a short service every two months on Thursdays at 6pm, followed by a meal together. These evenings are open to all trans people, to their friends, spouses and supporters, in whatever presentation is most comfortable and convenient at the time.
We will let you know when we have dates for meeting together again.
Open Table is an ecumenical Christian worship community which offers a warm welcome to people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer / questioning, intersex, asexual and all who seek an inclusive Church. We meet (online at the moment, but usually in person) in inclusive churches, where we find God and each other, and have the time and peace to grow together.
Churches don’t always feel safe or welcoming to LGBTQIA+ people. But our name, ‘Open Table’ is an open invitation to come in, just as you are, and be with us, in a safe, affirming community. https://opentable.lgbt/