The awards celebrate how churches across the Diocese of Manchester are innovating to meet the needs of their communities by providing welcoming spaces and championing the needs of communities, many of which are in deprived areas.
Bishop David said, “This is the second year running that we have invited nominations from our churches for Church for a Different World awards. Once again I am delighted with the response, and eager to celebrate the inspirational and innovative work that our churches are doing.”
The St Chrysostom’s award this year was for Olympias Books. The citation for the award for Olympias Books read In an area of high child poverty, the church facilitates and encourages reading through Olympias Books. Donations of high-quality second hand books, including from MGS students, are sold at local schools for a very low cost, making reading pleasurable and affordable. The money raised goes to a school in Gambia, achieving further good.
Fr Ian went with Janyce and Sandra to Bishopscourt to receive the award. Janyce, a teaching assistant at St Chrysostom’s School has been a star in collecting books for the scheme, and Sandra has been a great encourager and sorter of the books.
It was a lovely evening at the Bishop’s house. Award winners were made welcome by Bishop David and they enjoyed the hospitality. It was also good to meet one another and hear about the variety of differing initiatives of other churches. You can see the full list of the awards here.
Now – let’s grow ‘Olympias Books’ – and what is the next innovation at St Chrysostom’s as we seek to work for our changing world!