The St. Mark’s Rainbow Connections Ministry has been a catalyst for progressive social change as well as a space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning or non-binary to connect, organize and find community. As part of the United Methodist Reconciling Ministries Network, St. Mark’s is active in welcoming and challenging the LGBTQ community to seek God, share their spiritual journey with others, grow in faith and celebrate the gifts that are the sexual orientation and gender identity that God bestows on each individual.
Serving as an entry point into St. Mark’s, this ministry group seeks to integrate the LGBTQ community into the various programs and activities that are at the heart of the life and ministry of St. Mark’s church.
The activities and ministries of this group include:
Holiday Celebrations: Christmas, Easter and other festive occasions
Summer Brunch Series Support: meal preparation and food service on select Sundays during the summer months to encourage and celebrate church-wide interaction
Sacramento Pride Support: a coordinated parade contingent and a booth exhibitor in the festival that follows
HIV/AIDS Run/Walk Support: coordination of a parade contingent to promote faith and healing
St. Mark’s Reconciling Ministries sponsored a fundraiser for the Sacramento LGBTQ Community Center which just opened their first transitional house for 24-hour support of homeless LGBTQ youth. This new program is funded by special federal and local grants, but the Center is in need of the necessary items to make this house a “home” for up to 8 youth (ages 18-24) for up to two years! These youth will receive job services, counseling, help with school applications, and general case management assistance all centered around youth-identified goals.
LGBTQ and straight alliance members from St. Mark’s participate in Sacramento’s annual Pride celebration, both at the parade and festival. Church leaders and church attendees are committed to demonstrate to the LGBTQ and Sacramento communities that St. Mark’s is an open and welcoming Christian community for ALL people.
St. Mark’s participates in the annual Sacramento Pride Festival & Parade to demonstrate there are Christians who love and accept the LGBTQ community as they are and welcome them into God’s family with arms open wide.
For more information on Sacramento Pride events go to sacramentopride.org. If you wish more information on the St. Mark’s Reconciling Ministries contact the Church Office.