Joining with flowers

Here is another lovely example of church and school working together. This time working with St John’s School.

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Boys and girls making the decorations

Ann has been visiting the school regularly as a volunteer – helping with reading. She has also been showing some of the children how to do simple flower arrangements.

Most of the children at St John’s School are Muslims and it is wonderful to find ways that encourage understanding and dialogue in faith, and action.

Music helped unite the children and staff of St Chrysostom’s School, and here at St John’s, in a different way a skill is bringing together and uniting.

The school comments: The children have loved the opportunity to learn a new skill. The school has been really appreciative of Anne’s time and efforts.

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One of the seven children’s displays at church

This is a simple and fine example of our church, with the schools, building bridges between the many different sections of our parish and local community. This ‘bridge building’ is a work which is at the heart of our witness at St Chrysostom’s to God’s mission to our wonderfully varied world. It is also a work which we find very much enriches our church and its life.

Once made the decorations were taken to church where they have been placed on the window sills in the nave for the Feast of Ss Peter and Paul. And so an additional bonus from this lovely activity – the children have enhanced the church’s worship for a special feast day.


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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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