2017 Charlotte PRIDE

Volunteer for PRIDE Festival
If there was ever a time to show up for our sisters and brothers who are LGBTQ, that time is now! With the passage of hateful and discriminatory legislation, the mass murder in Orlando, and the every day bullying of people with different sexual and gender identities, we must gather together in love, welcome, and affirmation of all people. That is what PRIDE is about. That is why this year is the year to pay up and show up for Charlotte PRIDE.

What do we mean by “Pay Up” and “Show Up?” 
Pay Up
simply means donate to the cause. Give financially to Charlotte PRIDE which seeks to enrich, empower, strengthen and make visible the unique lives and experiences of LGBTQ people in Charlotte, in the Carolinas, and beyond.
Show Up means to be present at the Festival, worship services, fundraiser(s), and/or other events leading up to PRIDE week.

Pay Up:

  • Mail your donation to the Church at 1900 Queens Rd., Charlotte, NC 28207
  • Give online through myMPBC – Give Now
  • Give on your smart phone using the Church Life app
  • Buy a MPBC Pride T-Shirt (All proceeds from t-shirt sales go to our PRIDE contribution. Contact Anne Clarke at aclarke@myersparkbaptist.org or 704-334-7232 x 115 to order your shirt.)
    • Open to all who want to support/purchase a t-shirt
    • We encourage all volunteers to make sure you have one

Show Up:

  • Charlotte Pride Interfaith Service at Temple Beth El | 5101 Providence Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226 (directions) | Sunday, August 20 | 4:00–6:00pm | Want to know more?
  • Charlotte PRIDE Festival | August 26 and 27 | Find out more > |MPBC will host a vendor booth at this year’s PRIDE Festival. Volunteers work 1.5 hour shifts smiling, welcoming, and sharing information about our Church to anyone who visits our booth. We need your help sharing the good news of MPBC at Charlotte PRIDE. Sign up at here. Questions? Contact Ryan LaPrade at ralaprade@gmail.com
  • Worship at MPBC | Sunday, August 2710:00am | Gather with us in our Sanctuary as we celebrate the culmination of PRIDE week, 2017. Those who have a t-shirt, please wear it to worship. 


About LGBT Fellowship at MPBC

AIDS_Walk_groupWe foster a spirit of community and belonging as we welcome and integrate LGBT guests and members into the life of Myers Park Baptist (MPBC). Our group meets periodically, in both small and large group settings, through quarterly coffee hours, annual social and RAIN fundraising events, and the annual Charlotte PRIDE Festival, where MPBC hosts a vendor booth.

Our annual advocacy-educational events offer a chance to learn more about our alliances with advocacy agencies, such as RAIN (Regional Aids Interfaith Network), TOY (Time Out Youth), and AWAB (Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists). Our group is primarily made up of gay and lesbian persons; however, it is — like our Church — open to everyone!

To join our email list, email Ryan LaPrade, 704.609.4648, ralaprade@gmail.com.

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