It's time for my annual reflection on the beautiful event that is Bourne Free. You can read about the journey we have been on over the last few years here and here if you want to catch up on why a pastor like me would be actively engaging in a gay pride event.
This years Bourne Free was momentous, not just in the sense that it was epic and awesome but in the sense that it marked a season in time, a mile stone. 10 years ago Christian Voice came to Bournemouth to preach 'the truth' as they saw it and in response to this the local LGBT community unintentionally birthed Bourne Free. It's all very well documented so you can google search and read all about it for yourself (I personally don't want to give publicity to those that came into town so won't be posting any links).
Anyhow this year marked 10 years and from my conversations and relationships in the community I gained a sense of expectation that this year would be something special. Together with my Streetspace Bournemouth clan we set about planning how we could bless the event and those attending. As we gathered on the Thursday evening to pray there was a tangible presence of the Holy Spirit with us. We prayed in and for all the venues hosting events over the weekend including the main stage arena and were asked to be part of the 'secret launch' which you can see below.
The Sunday morning saw Bournemouth Metropolitan Community Church lead their annual pride celebration, an outdoor communion service that occurs in the main arena where the night before Kimberly Wyatt had been strutting her stuff. It was a total privilege to be asked to be involved in the service. I have a lotta love for what MCC do and I have been saddened to see that many of the local churches are unwilling to stand with these brothers and sisters in Christ. Alongside the call to say sorry I have been for some time pondering what it means to love these guys well, to stand with them, to champion what they do and to worship Jesus together. The scriptures say 'by their fruit they shall be known' (Matt 7:16) and I am telling you here, very publicly, these guys have good fruit!
So there we go that was our 3rd Bourne Free, I have no idea what God has in store for next year but I know that this year was truly momentous!