Chris will normally be in the Church Street area on Tuesdays & Thursdays.
Chris lived in the US for 20 years and also in Israel. He says ‘Liverpool is my home and wherever I’ve been this is the place I always come back to. I was raised here, went to school here and as a child I grew to love this city. Presently I work as a Lay Pastor with the Methodist Church, as a Church in the Community Advisor for Tearfund and as the Volunteer Co-ordinator for a Foodbank in Bootle.
‘I am excited about the opportunity to serve as Chaplain to the retailers in Church Street’.
Contact Chris: Chris.Shelley@mitechaplaincy.com
St John's Market:
The Market is full of great people from many different cultures all with fantastic stories to tell! Jean is available to support traders, staff and customers.
Contact Jean: firstname.lastname@example.org
After her husband was made redundant in 1984 Jean went on the Business Enterprise Scheme and received £40 per week to turn a paying hobby—making celebration cakes—into a business. Working from home at first she eventually ran out of space and opened a shop in Anfield, followed by a Shopping Cart at the newly opened Albert Dock. She had a small place in the newly refurbished Clayton Square, ending up with a shop— Decorcake - in St John's Precinct for 12 years.
Life In St Johns Market
The Market has a special culture all of its own. It is a community of communities - Filipinos, Ghanaian, Pakistani, Indian and scouse. Each stall, for example the Filipinos, is a community centre for its customers where they can meet up, exchange news from back home and buy familiar products. In fact, you can buy things in the Market that you can't buy anywhere else in the city centre- haberdashery/nuts/coffee beans /tripe - and we have the only fishmonger in town. The cold meats counter where tripe is sold attracts tourists and ex-pats on holiday back home and nostalgic for what they used to eat before they emigrated!
Many of the people who work in the Market are very versatile and loyal to it. You will often find them working on one stall one week and a completely different one the next!
The regular shoppers at St John's Market - many are elderly or disabled but still feisty - travel from the peripheries of the city like Speke or Kirkby three or four times a week to meet their friends, both behind the stalls and in the cafes, and enjoy the company.
They buy real food here undisguised by sophisticated cellophane or padded out with plastic packing. If they need one plum, two tomatoes and three mushrooms then that is what is sold to them. And not just sold, it is offered with scouse social flare - a quip, an enquiry about health or the absence of the better half, or even advice on what to do with the ingredients.
Sadly an appreciation of many of such social dimensions of shopping in this part of the city centre is neglected and hardly taken into account.
MitE has provided chaplaincy to Clayton Square for a number of years now and, after volunteer chaplain Liz Shields stepped down earlier this year, we're hoping to find someone else who can continue to provide chaplaincy in this thriving retail area in the future. If you would like to learn more about volunteering with MitE please get in touch via our Volunteering page.