There is a well known story among clergy about a visitor to a church leaders’ meeting. The visitor asks the clergy where their churches are. The Anglican says ‘St Botolph’s on the High Steet’, the RC priest says ‘Our Lady’s’ in Caldicott Street,’ the Methodist says ‘Bethel Chapel, on Epworth Street’… And the Pentecostal minister says ‘My church is all over today – wherever the members are…’
It’s a simple reminder of the fact that the Church comprises the people and not just the building. Those who worship at St Chrysostom’s Church are the Church.
We’ve a lovely tradition @ StC of having worship everyday at 5pm. Some days its Holy Mass some days its Vespers.
During August this year we are keeping our 5pm daily worship going but reminding ourselves that we are the church. And so Sunday 5pm worship in August will be in the Church building and 5pm worship on other days will be outside the church building said by ‘our church’ wherever the people happen to be. Quite simply, St C’s people and friends have been invited to say Vespers at 5pm wherever they are.
Of course there are differing formats for Vespers but to emphasise our unity we are using one form – iBreviary. We chose that particular form because its easy to follow, and available online or as an app.
By doing this we are also reminder ourselves that the daily offices of the church – morning and evening prayer – are for all, not just clergy. We’ve had a fantastic response and everyday is covered, by at least two people. Of course anyone can join in wherever they are. Why not join in our @StC August Vespers at 5pm and know that as you pray someone else is joining you.