The New Chapel Unitarian and Free Christian church in Denton has become the first in Britain to offer transgender baptisms.
Worship leader Jean Clements, 41, said the transgender community were being shunned by mainstream churchesand added that the ceremony will be ‘very similar’ to an adult baptism.
Mrs Clements, whose role is similar to that of a vicar, added: “I think of us as a modern church for a modern society. The Unitarian Movement stands for freedom, reason and tolerance. At New Chapel, we are working towards and proud of our inclusive community
“Everybody has been fully supportive of the motion, we strive for equality and as a society that’s what people strive for, equality.”
Mrs Clements has been a member of the church since 2009 and became a worship leader in 2013.
New Chapel was the first Unitarian Chapel within the district to register their building to perform same-sex marriage, she officiated her church’s first same-sex marriage for a couple with a transgender child, who she has described as a family of great faith.
She said: “I felt saddened by the fact that this family were being shunned by many mainstream churches. However, the family came to New Chapel, the congregation welcomed the family with open arms.”
Mrs Clements praised her congregation saying they are a multi-generation community and willing to accept change and progress with society.
The Unitarian church was the first to allow divorced people to remarry and was quick to offer same-sex weddings.