History of St. Christopher’s
St. Christopher’s has only existed formally since 2007 when the Reverend Paul Needle was designated as Priest-in-Charge at Alcossebre. Before that monthly services had been held there in the home of the late retired priest, Reverend John Phillips, then the Roman Catholic Church of St. Christopher’s.
After that, weekly services were held, attracting people from Vinaros (20 miles north) and as far away as L’Ampolla, El Perello, and Tortosa (a further 25-30 miles north). In 2008 monthly services began in Vinaros and in 2009 in L’Ampolla, using the local Roman Catholic Church of St. John the Baptist. Since 2009 Vinaros has had its own premises, ‘Portico’ (Doorway), used as both a twice-weekly Drop-in-Centre and for weekly services. Since 2010, twice-monthly services have been held in L’Ampolla, and their Drop-in-Centre, Bona Fè’ (Good Faith) opened in El Perello, some 6 KM North of there, three times a week, in 2012. El Camino (The Road), Alcossebre’s Drop-in-Centre, opened in 2010, and was so successful that it moved to new and larger premises in March 2015. These Drop-in-Centres are a successful way of both raising much needed funds for the Church, but also, and most importantly, a window to our faith.
Jenny Hoskins – Reader licensing 5th June 2016
Jenny Hoskins has successfully completed 4 years of study culminating in today’s special service in Vinaros where she was licensed by Bishop David. As part of the licensing process Jenny was presented with her Readers Scarf which is a symbol of her new position within St Christopher’s.
The service was well attended by people from all three congregations and was followed by lunch for 40 at a nearby hotel.
All of us in St Christopher’s welcome Jenny our first Reader and wish her every success in her new role.