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St Arnold’s


St Arnold is known as the patron saint of brewers and hop pickers. Often depicted holding a mashing rake, many of the miracles attributed to St Arnold involved him encouraging people to drink beer, due to its ‘gift of health’. Certainly during his time as The Abbot of St Peter’s monastery in Oudenburg, beer would have been far safer to drink than water, due to the boiling of the water during the beer-making process. It seemed natural then, that a Mission and chaplaincy project working primarily in breweries, public houses and licensed premises should bear the name of that revered Abbot.
Over the next year, we are expecting the work of the St Arnold’s project to continue to grow in our city. We already partner with several businesses based around the North Parade area of the city, to run a number of events such as ‘Beer and Hymns’ and ‘Film and Faith’. There are also regular chaplaincy sessions on Monday evenings and Friday mornings amongst the bars on North Parade, where bar staff and customers can find a listening ear and ask any questions they might have about life, faith or the Church.

From 28 January, we will also be starting a new Sunday morning service held in The Peacock Bar. Under the name One@11, this service will seek to offer a style of worship which is accessible to those who may find traditional church doesn’t always connect with their culture. We will also be seeking a new city centre home, in one of the buildings on North Parade, which will act as a base, as we seek to expand the things which St Arnold’s can offer. These could include bible studies, meditation sessions and increasing our chaplaincy team.

Social media plays a huge role in St Arnold’s and you can find out more about our events on Twitter @StArnolds or on Facebook @SaintArnolds. We also have our own website www.saintarnolds.weebly.com

It would be wonderful to see you at one of our upcoming events, but if they aren’t the kind of thing that you’re attracted to, we do understand. So please pray for us. The work of St Arnold’s is constantly providing new opportunities for conversation about faith and the place of God in peoples lives. Your prayers will help support that work. Thank you.

Rev Graeme D

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