2016 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 2016 MPBC Pride T-Shirt (All proceeds from t-shirt sales go to our PRIDE contribution. Contact Anne Clarke at aclarke@mpbconline.org or 704-334-7232 x115 to order your shirt.) 


Show Up:

  • Charlotte Pride Interfaith Service at First United Methodist, 501 N. Tryon St., 4:00–5:00pm on August 14. View the flyer –  2016 Charlotte Pride Interfaith Service Flyer
  • Gathering at Birdsong Brewing Co. on North Davidson St, Thursday, August 18. Sponsored by MPBC, hosted by Birdsong. Come out to enjoy a cold beverage in the fellowship of friends. $1 of every pint sold between 6:00 and 8:00pm goes to MPBC’s donation toward Charlotte PRIDE.  
  • Charlotte PRIDE Festival, August 20 & 21. 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, August 21, 10:00am in the Sanctuary. Gather with us in our Sanctuary as we celebrate the culmination of PRIDE week, 2016.


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!

LGBT Fellowship Brochure 2014-2015

To join our email list, email Scott Crowder, 704.321.5190, scott.crowder@nbc.com.

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