Penny’s farewell

Penny with Desmond and Andrew, our churchwardens.

On Sunday August 28th we said goodbye to Penny, who has done  wonderful work as our Parish Assistant for four years.

Penny came to us straight from University and through her time with us we have been delighted to see her grow in confidence, and certainty for her calling to be a priest.

Penny has done some special pieces of work for us at St Chrysostom’s. For example in getting Kharis, our Sunday School going, in developing Posada, our Advent outreach, in getting African drumming as part of our Church life and so on. Penny has always been reliable, hard working and generous with her time and energies.

It was wonderful that so many people came to say goodbye to Penny, including teachers from the schools,  local councillors, as well as children and many others who had appreciated Penny’s work and friendship.

A farewell feast

We gave Penny gifts, including a cheque which will pay for a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady, in Czestochowa, near Krakow, in Poland. Penny is going there in a few weeks time. She has promised to send us a postcard on the blog, from there.

Penny also left us with a gift, an icon of St John Chrysostom’s great supporter and friend St Olympias, the deaconess. (See here)

Penny begins training for the priesthood at the College of the Resurrection at Mirfield in September, and she goes with our love and prayers.


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St Chrysostom’s is an Anglican (Church of England) parish church in Manchester. We’re an inclusive, diverse and welcoming faith community where people of differing backgrounds make friends. Find our Facebook group at
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