St Peter's House, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9GH

Chaplaincy to The Manchester Universities. The RNCM & The University Of Law.

St Peter's House

Everything we do at St Peter’s House is because of who we are and what we believe.
Informed by our Christian faith, we believe that ‘Everything is Connected’ – people,
community, health, spirituality, well-being, the search for understanding…. It all
interweaves.

Everything flourishes when one thing leads to another.

Everything

is connected

For us, ‘doing’ chaplaincy has meant different things over the years. Our activities have been diverse and ever-evolving…We run Milk & Honey café, have a broad and exciting volunteer programme, and our Wholeness Project offers a spectrum of ways for being and living well. We run ‘One Love’ – our own multi-faith programme of activities and work with partners to encourage interfaith dialogue on Campus. We put our energies where we see good things happening, and it has been exciting to explore chaplaincy in our dynamic context.

When covid first hit it made us even more creative! We pivoted our operations into an emergency food and wholeness  response project – The Well.  

Covid exposed many of the systemic inequalities that were there before the pandemic and we’ve discovered that the need just keeps on growing and so we’ve continued the Well as a core piece of our work. We are loving our neighbours in the most practical and hands-on ways that we can.

All Will Be Well

Underlying our work over the past few years has been a reflection on the words of the medieval mystic known as Julian of Norwich.  Like us, she lived through a time of plague, death and fear – and also experienced a long period of self-isolation, although hers was self-chosen as she withdrew to her Anchorage for a life of reflection on the visions she received near death.

The words, ‘All Will Be Well’ lead us on with hope, but also present challenge and questions.

Faith

We are the Christian chaplaincy team for the Manchester Universities and RNCM, and we’re based at St Peter’s House.

We have a simple but challenging vision: ‘Everything is Connected’. For us, this means that God is at work in all things… It doesn’t really matter what words or language people use to express this, our task is just to journey alongside them as we together explore what this may mean. So what does being the ‘Christian chaplaincy team’ mean?

For us, it means living out the values of our faith in an authentic, gentle and fully inclusive way. We recognise that the values of our faith are not exclusive to us but shared by many of different and no faiths. We seek to live in community and conversation, building an inclusive, vibrant and diverse community of fellow wonderers.

The Team

‘Meet the team at St. Peter’s House, chaplaincy to Manchester’s Universities’

Hannah Skinner

Director of development and engagement, Hannah created and is overseeing The Well project –  and to earn her keep you’ll also find her popping up throughout our online programme, or working on day-to-day delivery of The Well with the team.

Ben Edson

Working at St Peter’s House we never get to do one role for long…. Ben, who is Director of the organisation, is currently involved in all aspects of SPH 

Tracey Saltsman

Team PA Tracey holds things together in our office, and indeed in our little corner of the world. Whether food needs collecting, databases need compiling, recipe cards need printing or deliveries need chasing… Tracey’s on it. The Well is a complex web at times, and Tracey is the Mama Spider criss-crossing all over it and making sure all the ends are tied up nicely.

Chris Collins

Usually behind the counter at Milk & Honey café, Café Manager Chris is currently working side-by-side (at a metre distance) with the rest of the team to help prepare, pack and distribute our Well Packs. You’ll also see him cooking in some of our online classes. Chris also is a crucial part of our volunteer programme, helping to think through our induction and training plans and then working alongside volunteers day-by-day as our community grows.

Esmeralda Smit

“The awareness that yoga gives you is one of the best things you can do for yourself”, says Esmeralda, and we’re inclined to agree. It ain’t all bending and lotus positions… yoga has given us the ability during lock-down to ping our minds out of the present and get back into our bodies. Teaching hatha yoga – which means you’ll find a calm and gentle yoga flow style – Esmeralda brings a warm and approachable style to her sessions that is perfect for those just dipping a baby-yogic toe to the more experienced yogi.  

Azariah France-Williams

Newly arrived in Manchester, Azariah is Priest at the Church of the Ascension in Hulme and – like many of us –is having to find his feet quickly amidst the challenges of covid-19.

He is a lover of storytelling, one day would love to develop a graphic novels range, and is always exploring ways to communicate about being human and God-stories within public spaces. He brings that exploration to The Well – and his reflections, stories and meditations are full of questions to leave us pondering.

Rachel Morris

Strength from within… that’s a central theme of Pilates –  which focusses on those all-important core muscles that hold us both in and up – and that’s what radiates from Rachel in her on-screen sessions. Salford based, Rachel lives with her two little boys and will teach fitness to anyone who lets her. Inclusive and accessible, her relaxed style of teaching makes her sessions a great place to try out a new Pilates practice. 

Fatimah Ashrif

Fatimah is a member of the Mevlevi Sufi Order, and also leads the work of Rumi’s Circle in South Manchester, an inter-spiritual space that shares the words and spiritual practices of the 13th Century Muslim mystic, Rumi. Seeking a spiritual and woman-led approach to faith matters, Fatimah brings fresh perspectives and wonderful words to the team that will take you to new places.

Rabbi Robyn Ashworth-Steen

 You’ll hear Robyn’s voice on some of our short podcasts, sharing her perspectives and wisdom on the world as she sees it. Being the first female Rabbi in Manchester is definitely A Thing, and moreover her podcasts are worth a listen as Robyn is one of the warmest and wisest people with a lot to say about a lot of issues! Her top topics include community building and social justice, but feminism and talking-truth-to-power are also way up there –have a listen.

Governance

St. Peter’s House Chaplaincy CIO (Charity No: 1166935)  is a small charity that works with a broad range of University and Denominational partners.  The partners are represented on a board of trustees which has responsibility for overseeing the charity.   The board ensures that SPH follows best practice and as part of that the following policies have been approved:
 

If you want more details about the charity please contact our chair.