We recently had a splendid evening at Church hearing about the great variety of people who have been connected with our church since its foundation in the 1870s. There was great involvement in the celebration, including opening and closing words from the Bishop of Manchester. Here on our church blog we are posting some of the scripts used at the evening.
We’re also delighted to produce a well researched book which goes into much more detail about the people, and indeed tells of many more.
St Chrysostom’s People tells of over fifty people who in one way or another have been connected with our wonderful church. For each decade of the church’s history there are approximately three different people.
Some people’s connection, though passing, was very significant for them or for the church, others worshipped at the church for many years. Some of the people are well known beyond the church, some are not so significant in the world’s eyes but added greatly to church life and christian community.
Church histories understandably often tell of the history of the building and its development through the years. The Church, it is often said, is the people. St Chrysostom’s People picks up this latter thought and develops it. The book not only tells about a variety of people who have been influenced by, or who have influenced, the church but also how their contributions and witness have woven together over the years to make St Chrysostom’s the vibrant inclusive and welcoming christian community which it is today. And so, for example, we hear of a black ‘lay’ reader in 1929, the first women deaconesses in Manchester diocese at St Chrysostom’s, the early welcome of gay peoples, and many other faithful members of the congregation through the generations.
Fr Ian, who researched and wrote the book, comments in his introduction that the people named are representative of so many who have received from and given to the special Christian community which is St Chrysostom’s.
Copies of ‘St Chrysostom’s People’ are available from church – cost £4.50 or by post (contact the church office) for £5.75.