January 29, 2017, is a day that changed my life forever as it was the date of my first visit to Almaden Hills United Methodist Church. Today was another special day for my as our church celebrated Reconciliation Sunday, reaffirm our commitment to welcoming the LGBTIA communities, the efforts of a committee of which I was proud member.
As a committee member I wanted to dress in a way that showed my support visually. I wore a large rainbow hair extension clip that his most of my real hair that I put into a bow. The hair was convincing I had several people ask if I had dyed my real hair.
I went to church early to help decorate. Our decorations included our chalked steps, affirmation signs inside and out and rainbow flags displayed in several places.
In our committee we had done a lot of brain storming. Everyone contributed some fabulous ideas leading the day to be a representation of our committee members. My main ideas that of making large affirmation style signs (in the spirit of protest signs I’d seen at recent rallies, but with the opposite purpose) and incorporating in the artwork of our church’s children were shown on our walls.
Rainbows abounded all over our church. The altar was covered in rainbow colors and the choir wore rainbow colors as well. Seeing the children come together in the middle was just one of many amazing and beautiful moments.
We had two wonderful members of the T population lead our service. All our readings and songs were those of inclusion.
For the last song, Let the Circle Widen, Pastor Jane invited everyone to make a circle spanning our whole church.