Fr Chris has been in touch with some of our former parish assistants, and shares the news:
John writes: “I’m having a great curacy in Chelsea. A few months ago, Country Life said St Luke’s was ‘the place to get married in town’ and now we’re having a roaringly busy wedding season and I’ll take 7 weddings this summer. And it’s already time for me to be thinking about my next move after curacy. I’m hoping to become an incumbent and soon have parish assistants of my own to boss around! In April, I took 8 parishioners on the 10K Wolf Run and we raised £6,000 to help fight modern-day slavery. Here’s a photo of me zooming down the water-slide. Lots of love to all at StC’s x”
Ben writes: “Here’s a little bit about what’s happened since my days as Parish Assistant: After leaving St Chrysostom’s I began training for ordination at Westcott House. In 2011 I was ordained and served as Assistant Curate at the Parish of St Chad, Sunderland.
In 2015 I moved to Worthing where I am now Vicar of the Parish of St Symphorian, Durrington. It’s been a very happy four years here, and I hope I will have many more years serving God’s people here”
Jack writes: After leaving St Chrysostom’s I had three very happy and formative years at The College of the Resurrection, Mirfield – overlapping with Penny King and Kate O’Sullivan! I then served in St Martin’s Church, Ruislip on the edge of London. St Martin’s was a wonderfully ‘village-y’ suburb. From there I was catapulted into Central London, and I’m now Assistant Priest at St Marylebone next to Baker Street, Madame Tussaud’s and Regent’s Park. A great joy is to be Chaplain to St Marylebone’s two Secondary Schools – one state girls secondary school, the other a secondary school for boys and girls with extra learning needs in speech, language and communication. I am very grateful for all he experienced and learnt at St Chrysostom’s. Gifts from St C’s pop-up in ministry all the time – the biggest being a passion for local parish church and community. For me, that flame was definitely sparked in St Chrysostom’s Parish!
and news from the USA…
Mycah writes: I am happy to report my acceptance and plan to attend Seminary this fall! I have started the candidacy process in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in hopes of being ordained for Word and Sacrament in four years which begins with formal theological and pastoral education. Since returning to the United States from Manchester in August 2016, I have been working in Communication and Ministry at Muhlenberg Lutheran Church, Harrisonburg, Virginia. We are a large church in a midsize town in rural Virginia. Many of my experiences at St Chrysostom Manchester have prepared me for the ministry work I currently do and my further call to serve the church, including helping to lead worship, manage our social media, working with youth for our confirmation program, and leading our University campus ministry. I am constantly blessing my time with you all, and pray for the St Chrysostom community often.