St Chrysostom’s is proud to have a wonderful variety of people in our membership.
The variety of cultures and outlooks enrich our church community. Variety and inclusion are ‘in our DNA’ at St C’s.
The Church Council is encouraging more ways to honour, include and celebrate the many varied, cultures, languages and traditions among us. We hope this will extend to all areas of our church life and work.
We’ll encourage wider participation and engagement in worship, including use of prayers and hymns / songs / music from the differing countries and cultures represented among us. We will take care over the words we use to help us include people more. This will, of course, all be in the style and context of our inclusive Catholic Anglican tradition, which we cherish so much.
Leaders of worship and preachers are also being encouraged to be alert to this when preparing worship. In so doing our worship will help articulate the prayers and worship of us all. We will continue to draw on the liturgies and prayers of churches worldwide, as we both celebrate and develop our spirit of inclusion. We will have social events to help celebrate our variety, such as, a Nigerian and a Pakistani evening which are already planned.
We will hear and celebrate the stories of different church members and celebrate them. For example, we will soon be celebrating the life and Christian witness of a former church member, Louise da Cacodia. Louise came from Jamaica and was a prominent member of the Manchester community. She received several honours for her work, and she was a leading member of our church until her death ten years ago.
Much of the Church Council’s action on this has arisen from thinking about our monthly service we called Open Table which had a particular welcome for LGBT+ people. We have developed this to become more clearly inclusive of all and renamed it Evening Oasis.
Welcome is far more than saying ‘all are welcome in this place’.
Welcome includes being enriched by one another, and celebrating together.
Welcome at St C’s is about honouring and making visible different cultures and approaches, together and equally. We believe our tradition at St C’s does this and look forward to this spirit of inclusion developing in all aspects of our church life.