Tom Sherman has been an active member of St Chrysostom’s while he trained to be a doctor at the medical school. We’re sad that he leaves us, and will miss his gentle manner, his smile and his encouragement. We assure Tom of our prayers and best wishes as he continues in his career. Tom writes:
I’ve been coming to St Chrysostom’s for roughly three years now whilst I have been an undergraduate at Manchester University. I can distinctly remember the first time I came to St Chrysostom’s, I was struck by how welcome I was made to feel by the clergy and members of the congregation. It has been this key message of being welcome; independent of culture, age, politics, previous churchgoing, sexual orientation or any other factor that could perhaps in other settings divide, that has meant over the years I have had the great fortune to meet a diverse range of people. Their lives have added dimensions to my faith beyond anything I could have imagined, testament to how eclectic a congregation we have.
Being able to participate in some of the Church activities, such as the film nights, peace and justice groups and events such as ‘the Bible in an evening’ which Philip and Toby have clearly put a great deal of effort into organising, have allowed my faith to grow beyond the regular Sunday worship. I feel I owe a particular thanks to all the parish assistants over the years, whose hard work at a grassroots level has allowed for some fascinating discussions that have taught me a great deal. The various activities have also be a fantastic way to meet people in the local area I would have otherwise never met and to learn more about Victoria Park itself.
As my studies have now come to an end and I am moving to Cheltenham to work as a doctor, I will take with me the memories of a community whose generosity of spirit has been a profound reflection of the presence of Christ in our world. You shall remain in my prayers and I hope that anyone reading this who may be considering going to St Chrysostom’s will put aside any doubts and give it a go!
All the best,