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Open Hearts Support Groups – for friends, families , and allies of LBGT people

Open Hearts

Open Hearts support groups are for friends, families, and allies of LBGT persons and LGBT people.

Meetings include speakers, videos, and most importantly, a time of sharing, love and support for all group members. 

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church

What:Open Hearts Group

When: Contact Susie Ragsdale, 281-485-4503

Where:  St. Paul’s UMC
5501 Main Street
Houston, TX 77004
Time:  7 pm
Contact:  Susie Ragsdale
Ph. 281-485-4503 for more information

Kingwood United Methodist Church

What:Open Hearts Group

When:3rd Thursday of the month

Where:Kingwood UMC
1799 Woodland Hills Blvd, Rm K105
Kingwood, TX 77339
Time:7 pm


Contact:Loretta Rodgers
Ph. 281-852-7346


Kingwood United Methodist Church sponsors our group to support our families in crisis who are dealing with LGBT issues.  We do this by sharing our personal experiences, strength and hope in a safe, nonjudgmental place.  We are primarily parents and family members of LGBT persons, but welcome all persons, gay or straight, and of any denomination.The group is designed as a discussion group,  but programs are varied, including video, book reviews, and speakers.  Topics range widely, but typically come from the journeys of our families, as we strive to live out our faith.

Support Groups in the North District of the Texas Annual Conference 

What: Open Hearts-North District
When: 7:00 pm, 3rd Thursday each month
Where: North district parsonage
            917 Hillcrest
            Longview 75601


 Contact: Roxanne and Bill Taylor
             Roxanne’s cell:
             (936) 522-7610
             Bill’s cell: (903) 806-7568


Our Open Hearts group serves as a safe community for LGBTQ persons and their friends, parents, and allies in the greater northeast Texas area. We began meeting in September, 2013 out of concern for clergy and laypeople in our vicinity who need a place and an alliance for solace. Our group includes LGBTQ persons and allies, and our meetings include videos, book studies, and support for hurting people. We actively work for full inclusion of all persons in the United Methodist church, and welcome all people

St. Peters United Methodist Church – Katy, TX 

What:  Open Hearts…St. Peter’s UMC
When:  3rd Thursday each month
            Room E225
            St. Peters UMC
            Katy, Tx
Contacts:  Elaine Saunders
                    Nelda Brooks


Started 10 years ago, as a support group for friends and families of LBGT persons.
Over the years, we have included allies and LGBT members.
Our meetings include speakers, videos, and most importantly, a time of sharing, love and support for all members.  We had 2 educational programs for the entire congregation, which included a panel of Open Hearts members. We do mission projects for the LGBT community. Recently, we proudly became a Reconciling community.  We welcome all people who believe in full inclusion of God’s children.

Memorial Drive United Methodist Church – Houston, TX 

What:  Family and Friends/Open Hearts Memorial Drive UMC
When:  2nd Thursday of September, October, November, February, March and April.
Where:Room D 127 @ 7:00 PM
Memorial Drive United Methodist Church
12955 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX  77079


Norma Graves:  281-920-9555
Sheri Kelly:  713-468-8356 (staff contact)


Our group was formed to provide within the church a safe place to find good information and support for parents of LGBT sons and daughters.  We have evolved into a group, open to all denominations, that includes parents, straight allies and LGBT members.  Our programs include speakers, videos, discussion, sharing, support, and above all – warm and welcoming fellowship.  We welcome all who seek to learn more and support full inclusion of LGBT in the life of the church. We became a Reconciling Community in 2014.

Holy Covenant United Methodist Church – Katy, TX

The Pilgrim’s Class
Holy Covenant United Methodist Church, Katy, Texas
22111 Morton Ranch Road
Meets Sundays at 9:30a.m. in the Choir Room.
Contact: Nathan Jones – – 713-306-9131

Conroe United Methodist Church

Contact:  Phillip Faseler

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