Fr Chris shared news of four former parish assistants here, he has been busy and brings us news now of four more! It makes lovely reading. St C’s has an important ministry in encouraging young people, and the not so young (!) to consider how God is calling them. We are so proud of our Parish Assistant scheme. We are always delighted to hear how our former parish assistants are getting on and so pleased that they have enjoyed, and appreciated, their time with us at St C’s.
We send our prayers and good wishes here to Leon, Penny, Laura and Hannah.
Greetings to all the saints at the wonderful and transformative St Chrysostoms Manchester! After leaving St Cs I was ordained in the Diocese of Durham and was curate and parish priest there. Sadly we felt we needed to leave the UK after issues of racism during the EU referendum. The Rogers family (5 and 1 on the way) now live in Creston, British Columbia where I am a priest in the Anglican Church of Canada. Ministry here is very different! My mission work includes being a firefighter and coaching swimming for Special Olympics. One day we hope to visit the old country and maybe meet you all at Walsingham? May Our Lady and St Olympias guide you in the path of Christ.
After what I believe to be a record of 4 years(!) as parish assistant, I left St Chrysostom’s in 2011 and went to the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield for 2 years. I was ordained deacon in 2013 and priest in 2014 and served my curacy for 3 year at St Elisabeth’s, Reddish – a beautiful church building and a lively and welcoming community. I am currently incumbent at St Nicholas, Newchurch, in the north of the Diocese of Manchester where I have been since July 2016. My beloved border terrier, Buddy and I continue to enjoy parish life and the beautiful Rossendale countryside together. On 23rd April 2019 David Warner, the Vicar of Mossley, and I married at the Community of the Resurrection where we met whilst we were both preparing for ordination
A year after leaving St. C’s I trained to be a primary school teacher and got a job teaching Year 4 in the school I trained in. In my second year I decide to leave teaching and got a job as the Autism and Asperger’s Employment Adviser for mental health charity called Richmond Fellowship. My new role allows me to support people to find and retain employment throughout Cambridgeshire. I now work with a variety of people and enjoy every minute. I am in the process of buying my first home and things are going well. I wish everyone at St C’s all the best.
Here is a little update about what I have been up to – I am currently serving as the Program Director at Good Earth Village, Minnesota, USA. Good Earth Village is a faith based retreat and summer camp. I oversee all of the youth and adult programming year round. Part of my job is hiring, training, and supervising around 30 young adults to work as summer counsellors. I plan and implement summer camps for children ages 3-18. We have around 1,000 youth stay at camp over the whole summer. The purpose of camp is to provide a sacred space for campers to explore their faith through experiential learning in creation and intentional community. During these experiences people’s stories weave together, connecting us through our shared humanity. My experience at St Chrysostom’s allowed me to find openness and variety in my faith practices. Compassionate listening is a skill I learned from the St Chrysostom’s community, and is a skill I will always carry with me. Sending joy and prayers to the St Chrysostom’s community!