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Welcoming Churches (4)

These are links to local Welcoming Churches to LGBT persons and Welcoming Church information.

Open Door Chapel

About Open Door Chapel:
Open Door Chapel was founded as a spiritual resource for GLBT (gay male, lesbian, bisexual and transgender) Christians in 1974.  Services are held on Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m., and include music, scripture readings and prayers. Because Open Door Chapel is non-denominational, the worship reflects the wide variety of Christians who make it up. Open Door Chapel is open to everyone, GLBT and non-GLBT alike.Each week's service includes scripture readings usually following the Revised Common Lectionary (The RCL is the list of readings used by most Protestant and Western Orthodox Churches in the US)  and a sermon by one of the pastors or a visiting local clergy person.  Each service also includes a celebration of communion. Dress is casual. Although an offering is taken, no donation is required. Ten percent of the collection is placed in a fund for charitable causes. On special occations, members gather for fellowship and refreshments after the service, or at a pot-luck dinner before worship.
 

Sunday evening worship is held at the Tree of Life Missionary Baptist Church located at 520 E. Washington Blvd. (corner of Monroe).   A Bible study called FOCUS (Focusing On Christ Using Scripture) meets from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. The Bible Study is lead by Fr Josh Long, Open Door's Assistant Pastor.  The location is the Jack Ryan House located at 415 E. Wayne Street. 

The monthly newsletter "The Open Door" is mailed to its members, benefactors and anyone who requests it.   The schedule is published in the newsletter, and special events like the  Pride picnic in June at Rockhill Park are announced there.

The pastor, Mother MariaAlene VanValkenburg, is available for conversation and prayer. She is also available to plan Holy Unions/weddings with couples. Mother Maria will also perform funerals and baptisms and celebrations of reconciliation as needed. She is a member of OCCA, the Orthodox-Catholic Church of America. Mother Maria is assisted by Fr Josh Long. She or he can be reached either through the GLBT Hotline at 424-1199,  or through postal mail at Open Door Chapel, P.O. Box 8187, Fort Wayne 46898.  Additionally, her email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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