Category Archives: Christian

Be Calm, Wise and Kind

We are living in strange and unpredictable days. The rhythm of life slowly seems to be returning to normal and then we find restrictions reappear and we hear of ‘spikes’ or ‘second waves’ of the Coronavirus and we wonder what … Continue reading

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Pray Vespers at 5pm with us!

While St Chrysostom’s is closed for public worship because of the Coronavirus we invite you to join us in Vespers, wherever you are. We’ve developed this lovely ‘Pray Vespers’ tradition at St Chrysostom’s over the years. We invite friends to … Continue reading

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Spiritual Communion

Sometimes we are not able to be at Church to receive Holy Communion. There may be very good reasons for this. We may be travelling, ill, weather conditions may prevent us, or we may have another good reason for being … Continue reading

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Guide #FollowTheStar

It seems that we rarely need to ask the way to strange places these days because of modern technology. In earlier times the compass was used. Often guides for spirituality are suggested too. Fr Chris comments in the #FollowTheStar series … Continue reading

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Confirmed in celebration and joy

“I look forward to this day every year” said the Bishop! Which day? Which Bishop? The day was the day when children from St Chrysostom’s School come to church to be confirmed. They are encouraged and supported by their friends, … Continue reading

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Three commandments of the Lord

Here is the text of Fr Ian’s sermon given at the Mass of the Last Supper at St Chrysostom’s on Maundy Thursday 2019 As far as I know, people in Our Lord’s day didn’t leave wills as we tend to … Continue reading

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Anglican Stars: Two Dorothys

Who has inspired you in your faith? Most of us can give examples of people who have encouraged and inspired us. Some may be great names, some may be people we have met and talked to. In some cases the … Continue reading

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The Ox and the Ass – inclusive nativities

Watching school nativity plays is one of the pleasures of being a school governor. I’ve seen a fair number these past years- stories about the sleepiest shepherd, the lost angel, the grumpy innkeeper, a fox come in from the woods, … Continue reading

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#Posada2018 Seeing God

At the beginning of their Gospels Matthew and Luke tell us through simple beautiful words of the coming of God into the confusion and muddle of our world in Jesus Christ, born in Bethlehem. The stories of Jesus’ birth in … Continue reading

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A bold and courageous woman of the Church

Growing up near Whitby, I feel a close connection to St Hilda of Whitby (feast day 19th November). The connection is both geographical and spiritual. Hilda was the Abbess of Hartlepool and later in 649 Abbess at Whitby. Hilda put … Continue reading

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