St. Louis, Missouri


2018 Gateway ONA PrideFest Weekend
Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24


Gateway-ONA-Logo-webGateway ONA is a group representing the 17 St. Louis metro area United Church of Christ congregations that have formally approved their “Open and Affirming” stance by publicly declaring that persons of all orientations are welcome in full life and ministry of the church. Gateway ONA meets monthly at Eden Seminary and also encourages and welcomes participation from clergy and members from all area UCC congregations as well as Eden faculty and students. Click here to go to the Gateway Open & Affirming website.


This year’s PrideFest weekend will be held June 23 and 24 at Soldier’s Memorial Park in Downtown St. Louis City. There are two ways for Hope UCC to be involved in this event:

  1. PrideFest Booth
    We have a prime booth spot on the festival grounds. The Gateway ONA booth features literature from each of the UCC congregations, family activities and free water and candy for PrideFest goers. Volunteers are needed for two-hour shifts on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Volunteers field questions about the United Church of Christ faith. Last year booth volunteers had many positive conversations with people searching for a church home – especially those who had been made to feel unwelcome in houses of faith due to their sexual orientation.

  2. PrideFest Parade
    The PrideFest Parade is held Sunday morning of PrideFest weekend and features floats and walking units
    from area organizations and corporations. In 2016, 250,000 people attended PrideFest weekend and it was the largest parade in their history. The Gateway ONA group was an impressive walking unit as each member had different colored rainbow comma T-shirts that drew attention and initiated conversations. Rainbow comma
    T-shirts are available again this year. They cost $15 and must be ordered by May 15.

If you are interested in taking a shift as a booth volunteer, would like to walk in the parade, or would like to order a rainbow comma T-shirt, please contact the church office for more details.