Prayer, Ministry and Outreach
Jesus taught us To pray continually and never lose heart: St Luke’s Gospel. Chapter 18.
St Chad’s is a parish church in the Catholic tradition of the Church of England. This is a tradition that is often described as ‘Anglo-Catholic’. Prayer is a part of the sacraments; especially Mass. The word ‘sacraments’ means to recognise the holiness of The Almighty in tangible, apprehensible material. Things like water in baptism, or bread & wine at the Lord’s Supper.. The oils of blessing and anointing. And an infinite number of things we ‘make holy’ in the Great Seven Sacraments. The Bible, although not a sacrament in the church’s understanding, also reveals the presence of Christ, read aloud in the assembled faithful at Mass and read privately at in our own room.There were many parishes established in the East End and elsewhere in large cities that grew then from the Oxford Movement. Some went hand in hand with Religious Communities of women who ministered in some of the most deprived and intensely populated towns and cities. (cf:(www.stsaviourspriory.org.uk) These parishes were to re-establish the Eucharist (Mass) as a means of placing all the sacraments at the forefront of their social outreach and mission. The Real Presence of Jesus Christ was acknowledeged on the altar and in the people.The Anglo-Catholic worship tended to move away from a largely ‘word’ orientated service. Their emphasis was the ‘visual’ and incarnational in style and theology. Jesus said: ‘I have come that you may have life, and life in abundance’. (John.10.10) .We try to build on, and revitalise that vision for our generation. Even in these days of ‘livestreaming’, catholic parishes put the emphasis on our communal and tangible presence at the sacraments. Personal prayer & daily meditation is centred through the community Celebration of the Eucharist, the summit of our own prayer.
The Lady Chapel is used by some Christian Orthodox visitors and has some beautiful Icons that were donated. A candle burns there daily for Peace on Earth. Especially at this time in the Ukraine and in Gaza and the Middle East.
Elders / seniors
St Chad’s is proud to host a thriving community of senior parishioners. Our elders provide a true backbone of experienced support to the wider community. They also co-ordinate and enjoy a rich and rewarding calendar of social events. From residential retreats to seaside trips, days away to live music gigs, coffee mornings and fund raising parties.
Seated is Ronald Miller who we all miss very much. (Ron died in July 2021, strengthened with Anointing and the Last Sacraments). A POW in Korea. He is here sporting War medals remarked on by HRH Prince Philip! See news
This picture was taken at the Maundy Service in York Minster. Read Ron’s story as told by the Hackney Gazette in 2017.
We have a thriving Sunday school that welcomes children from diverse backgrounds, from pre-school to teen years. (Before the Covid19 Pandemic) The children-led teaching style offers excellent pastoral guidance, living the gospel, together with bible studies, preparation for the sacraments, through a variety of mediums tailored for each age group.
All teachers and the clergy complete full Church of England and national safeguarding requirements. This is essential to our work here and the trust of over two decades of unbroken children’s work. Two of those ‘children’ are now volunteers.Parental attendance is always encouraged. The Parochial Church Council keep safeguarding as a priority item at every meeting ( October 2023)
Our parish is blessed with a large local youth population. Our urban youth often recount how St Chad’s offers an oasis of calm and simplicity a welcome alternative to an often complex life stage.
A variety of training and personal development opportunities are available for our youth, as well as events and social gatherings.
Choir & music
St Chad’s resident organist Adam inspires and rouses our congregation for the 11am Sunday Mass. Jordan, Adrian and others beautifully lead our congregation in the liturgy & hymns.
We are always keen to promote new recruits and warmly welcome visitors. Goodwill is more important than ‘good tones’!
Every Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday Idia’s Community Kitchen serves hot food and takeaway from our parish. Monday & Tuesday here at St Chad’s Church, and Wednesday from the Community Hall on Weymouth Terrace Square. Aina is helped by her volunteers to provide the food. Idia’s Kitchen relies soley on voluntary donations and charitable assistance. Some volunteers come from our own congregation here. Others from all faiths and none. Our common humanity and real need in this work is what has inspired Aina and others in this outreach. (See Who’s Who for contact details). Other daily outlets: see their website.
The Co-0rdinator, Aina Omo-Bare getting ready to deliver food prepared at Idia’s Community Kitchen.
Other community service
Opportunities to serve our parish community are abundant. From national charity events co-ordinated and delivered locally to fetes and BBQs. We love to live the gospel in our community outreach services. An example locally is St Mary’s Secret Garden, Pearson Street) who are always seeking regular volunteers. Also St Joseph’s Hospice in Mare Street. (Both have websites for their details) National DBS requirements apply.