ROCK SPRINGS — The First Congregational Church and United Church of Christ will make history this month by hosting the first statewide Wyoming LGBTQ Pride Worship Service to celebrate and give thanks for God’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender children.

The worship service will take place in the church sanctuary at 10:30 a.m. July 14, 1275 Adams Ave. in Rock Springs. The public is invited.

Church member and organist Diana Wiig expressed how meaningful an expression of faith this is for the congregation.

“This is another way we keep the covenant exemplified by the story of God placing the rainbow in the sky in the promise to Noah,” Wiig said. “We see the rainbow flag and we are reminded that this covenant is for all. LGBTQ persons have often been harmed by churches. As anopen and affirming congregation, we are intentional about welcoming and embracing those who have been condemned and excluded.”

June is traditionally LGBTQ Pride Month in the United States, recalling events at the Stonewall Inn in New York City 50 years ago that are considered the beginning of the movement for LGBTQ equality.

Pride events continue throughout the summer, with Wyoming Equality sponsoring wonderful opportunities for LGBTQ Wyomingites. First Congregational Church partnered with Wyoming Equality to have this service, the first of its kind in Wyoming.

“We began discussing the idea last summer,” Pastor Rev. Jason Boyd said.“Our Church Council had a wonderful, positive discussion and was enthusiastic about holding the first ever Pride service here in Rock Springs. Members of this church take very seriously their call to exemplify God’s love and justice, and they don’t shy away from living their faith. Our Mission Chair even took cookies to the meeting of the LGBTQ student group at Rock Springs High School, as an example how they live the blessed welcome to all which we profess. That is who this congregation is.”

“How fitting that First Congregational Church, the very first church in Rock Springs, will host the first ever Wyoming LGBTQ Pride Service,” Church trustee Liz Strannigan said. “We are excited to be the voice that proclaims that God is still speaking — to everyone.”

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