Visitors often ask about our church’s dedication, and we are pleased to tell them about our patron, St John Chrysostom.
Then we are often asked why this dedication for this church? The short answer is that it is probably because a relative of one of our worthy founders, Archdeacon Anson, had published a book on St John Chrysostom a little before our church was built.
And the next question is often – are there many other Anglican churches with this dedication? The short answer is ‘No, not many’ – but to be more kind here is some more detail on this.
In England there have been five Church of England churches all originally named St Chrysostom’s:
Birmingham (1888) – Musgrave Road, Winson Green, closed 1970 and demolished.
Bradford (1853) – no longer standing, its parish was amalgamated into St James, Bolton, Bradford.
Liverpool (1853) – original building destroyed by fire in 1970, replaced by a modern church building in Queens Road, Everton, in 1975.
Manchester (1877) – that’s us – the only one still using the original building.
Peckham (Church founded 1814, named St Chrysostom 1865) – original building in Hill Street demolished 1963, new church, ‘St John’s‘, built in different location 1966.
Within the Anglican Communion there are more churches dedicated in honour of St Chrysostom.
In the US they are in Chicago,
in Golden, CO,
and in Quincy, MA.
There is one St Chrysostom Church in West Brunswick, Melbourne, Australia, and there is also one in Nigeria (about which we’d love to know more).
(There is also a Continuing Anglican St John Chrysostom, not within the Anglican Communion, which now seems to be styled the Anglican Internet Church in Richmond, Virginia.)
We believe this list is complete, but of course we’d welcome corrections.
We send our greetings to our sister churches, within this small fellowship of Anglican churches bearing the name of St John Chrysostom!
Hello, there – we here at St. Chrysostom’s in Chicago are so pleased to read your entry! Best wishes to you.
Greetings from the parish of St James with St Chrysostom’s Bolton in the Bradford Diocese.
The area covered by St Chrysostom was largely demolished as part of the slum clearance programs of the 1950s and 1960s, and the Church was therefore closed in the mid 1960s. It was demolished shortly afterwards.
For reference, this restaurant now stands on the site of the former Church. http://www.italrestaurant.co.uk/
The ital restaurant is on the other side of the road from where the church stood, part of the retaining walls are still visible if you look carefully. I used to live on Bolton road and passed the then empty church on my way to the shop up the road. I would be grateful for any pics of the church as i cant seem to find any on the internet.
Greetings from St. Chrysostom’s in Quincy, Massachusetts! We are very happy to be apart of this unique fellowship of parishes. Thank you for gathering this information and for extending the kind invitation to fellowship.
Rev’d. Eric Hillegas