Our Anniversary Celebration in London today was full! All but 5 of the tickets were booked in advance and over 250 people gathered in praise and celebration to mark the landmark.
After lively worship led by Two:23, we were treated to a deeply personal interview with Vicky Beeching before an impassioned address from Steve Chalke, Baptist Minister and founder of Oasis.
The theme of the whole day was celebration at how far we have come in our first 10 years, as well as drive, vision and determination for the next ten!
A common theme for all the speakers was our new strapline for Accepting Evangelicals:
Better for Everyone
and as AE Director, Benny Hazlehurst said – Accepting Evangelicals are better for everyone – better for LGB&T Christians, but also better for the Church, better for the Gospel, better for Evangelicals.
The Celebration was rounded off with prayer and a Blessing from Bishop David Gillett, another of our Patrons, who encouraged us all to take a vision home for what God was calling us to do.
If you weren’t able to be there today (or if you want to hear it again) you can hear parts of the Celebration by using the Mixcloud links above.
You can also see what people thought on Twitter using #AE10.
All in all it was a great day which demonstrated that the tide is definitely turning for Evangelical attitudes to sexuality. There is still a long way to go, but today was a milestone along the way.