Human SexualityMarriageNewsWorld’s Oldest Methodist Church Approves Same-Sex Marriage

…to hold a rainbow service on July 9 to mark 2022 Pride celebration

The New Room, John Wesleys Chapel in Bristol, the oldest Methodist building in the world, founded in 1739, has voted unanimously to permit same-sex weddings to take place on its premises and by its ministers.

The chapel in Broadmead made the announcement on Wednesday, stating that from Thursday, June 30, 2022, ministers will be able to conduct weddings for LGBTQ+ couples living in Bristol in the New Room’s buildings.

Speaking on the development, Reverend Mandy Briggs, the chapel’s education officer and the responsible authorised person said the authorisation to start officiating same-sex weddings is a way to show their support to the LGBTQIA+ community.

“This decision to register John Wesley’s New Room as a venue for same-sex marriages is the latest step in our journey of allyship with the LGBTQIA+ community,” she stated.

“The chapel has been a venue for services organised by Christians at Bristol Pride since 2018 and so this registration feels like the natural next step.”

Marking this year’s Pride celebrations, the church is also holding a rainbow service on Saturday, July 9 for LGBTQIA+ Christians to allow them to “celebrate Pride through their faith”.

Attendees are invited to wear purple, bring placards and join the Pride march from Castle Park.

By Ezinwanne Onwuka (Senior Reporter)

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