What we're about

We have suspended our meetings to help with the COVID-19 prevention policies. To read the full text of the message sent to group members Click Here: http://www.rayofhopechurch.com/files/meetup%20social%20group%20paused.pdf

Our usual introduction begins here: Lets be that fun and friendly social group for the whole community. Let's get together for joyful conversations in an uplifting and supportive atmosphere. Currently we are watching one movie per week from the vast collection of "Queer cinema." Some of the films we have seen are from early days where most of the actors and actresses were not out. More recently there has been a large number of movies made that are favorable to our community. The group chooses the next film and we have a short discussion afterward.

We are open to any social event the group would like to plan. Meet cool people, have some laughs, and make new friends. That's what we're here for.

We have a little motto: “Let’s put some feet to the street and actually meet and greet this week.” This is what the “meetup” concept is all about. We hope to see you there.

Everyone is welcome to participate. Hopefully we will have active participation of people from every sexual orientation and every gender expression. There are no limits and we are inviting people from the entire spectrum of human interaction. Whoever you are is perfect and we look forward to meeting you! Some people want to move past the traditional labels including, but not limited to; gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, transsexual, intersex, genderfluid, hetero-flexible, asexual, agender, cisgender, heterosexual, str8, two-spirit, nonbinary, androgynous, and whatever else is on the horizon!

We are hosted by Ray Of Hope Church, the FIRST church in Central New York State founded and consistently supported by the LGBTQIS Community for 35 years. Our social group is just that, not a worship group, not a prayer group, or a Bible study group. If in discussions spirituality comes up we certainly will enjoy the conversation. If it never comes up that is fine too. This group is for everyone regardless of personal beliefs. Persons of every faith and spirituality or no faith or no spirituality are always welcome here. Our emphasis is on serving the community in all its variations, and we are committed to bringing people together for peace, love and compassion.

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Please feel free to PASS THIS INFORMATION ALONG to anyone you know who may benefit from meeting with us for a sense of community, acceptance, support and fun.

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Our meeting location is Ray Of Hope Church, 380 West 1st Street, Elmira, NY. This is a Gay/Lesbian Church and LGBTQIS Fellowship serving the community since 1983, and in Elmira since 1996.

All are welcome to attend our Sunday Services at 10:30am and Bible Study Classes on Tuesdays at 6:30pm.

Please see our website for more details: www.RayOfHopeChurch.com

Also feel free to contact Brother Shawn Benedict at (607) 280-0374.

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Thank you so much. We hope this will help many people in so many ways.

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