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About stchrysostoms

St Chrysostom’s is an Anglican (Church of England) parish church in Manchester. We’re an inclusive, diverse and welcoming faith community where people of differing backgrounds make friends. Find our Facebook group at

That Pink Candle

In the middle of the 1982 Falklands conflict a series of letters in The Times debated the pronunciation of the name of the southernmost, uninhabited, icy island of the South Sandwich Islands, Thule, far away in the South Atlantic, yet a … Continue reading

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Why Advent Candles?

In Advent at church, there is a wreath of three purple, one pink and one white candle placed together in a stand. During Advent as we enjoy our time together after Mass we gather around the Advent wreath to light … Continue reading

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Many Cultures, Many Nativities

Look around St Chrysostom’s church congregation, look around in our schools, and you will see an amazing variety of people, young and old. I recently went to a coffee morning at St Chrysostom’s School. At the table of nine people … Continue reading

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Four Rs for Advent

I want to offer you four simple Advent words and to make life easy, they all begin with the letter ‘R’. The first is Repent.    That’s the theme of the Advent prayer, ‘Give us grace to cast away the works … Continue reading

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Naming Mary’s animal companion

Can you help us please? Mary, Joseph and their donkey journey around our local community during Advent visiting many different places in our wonderfully varied area. They get back to Church at Christmas to celebrate Jesus’ birth. The figures are … Continue reading

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Wonderful work was done in preparation for the Nativities! display in church. The enthusiasm, creativity and hard work by children and staff at St Chrysostom’s and St John’s schools is simply outstanding. The project has clearly grasped the imagination and … Continue reading

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Shoes on the Danube Bank

A poignant memorial in Budapest has been visited by Sandra Palmer recently. She sends us this ‘postcard.’ Here I am on my annual trip to Budapest to visit family, but also places which have become old friends. I have to … Continue reading

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