All Activity Suspended – Statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19) – 17/3/20

Dear all,

It is with a heavy heart that the Chapel Committee has taken the decision to close Cross Street Chapel for all activities until further notice. This is in line with the most recent government advice to limit social gatherings in order to delay the spread of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) infection. We recognise the importance of Cross Street as a place to worship, meet...
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A celebration of all abilities

“Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many … the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable” Paul, 1 Corr. 12:14, 22

Paul was responding to a church filled with conflict; at other points he writes of ‘quarrels’ and divisions: I belong to Paul, I belong to Apollos, I belong to Cephas, and so forth. This is true of course, not...
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The Starting Point of Community

“We share with one another the creative work of living in the world.”

Thomas Merton, Care of the Soul

Merton creates and then extinguishes a paradox of life: the question of whether it is the contemplative life, the interior life, the life focused on self-development, or the life of action, of deeds, of community development, that is the better. A colleague once remarked that...
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Grey February

“The Doldrums, my young friend, are where nothing ever happens and nothing ever changes.”

Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

I often feel in the Doldrums in February. Juster’s description of the graying surroundings, the cool, uncomfortable but not offensive air, the muted environment, it all just hangs. A little bit like the Waiting Place in Dr Seuss’s “Oh,...
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Returning more than gifts

“ … the vibrations set in motion by the words that we utter reach through all space and the tremor is felt through all time.”

Maria Mitchell

Maria Mitchell was a Unitarian in the nineteenth century, the first female American astronomer, the first woman elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences … and she discovered a comet. “Miss Mitchell’s Comet”...
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