St John’s has been described in as “one of the most inclusive churches in London, with a diverse and LGBT+ friendly congregation," in The Gay Times.
We believe that God is love, and that life-long, faithful, stable same-sex relationships, and the relationships of those who undergo gender transition, should be celebrated by the Church of England.
St John's is an active member of Inclusive Church, and is committed to working for full acceptance and inclusion, as well as equal marriage rights, of all LGBTI people within the Church of England.
We regularly host the spring and winter concerts of Diversity Choir (London’s original lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community chamber choir).
We also have friendly links with the Inclusive Mosque Initiative, whose aims of tolerance and openess we fully endorse.
CANON GILES GODDARD
Canon Giles Goddard, vicar of St John’s Waterloo, is a founding member of the LGBTI Mission and chair of the General Synod Human Sexuality Group. He leads the Coordinating Group for a teaching document currently being prepared by the House of Bishops for the Church of England.