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Cross Street Chapel: Anthems for Advent

Each year our city centre venue and home of our Youth of the World programme, Cross Street Chapel, hosts a special advent concert and raises money for charity. We are delighted to have been picked as their charity of choice this year. We spoke to Reverend Cody Coyne and Catherine Coyne, Choir Director and Music Coordinator to find out more about the event.

Why did you select Afrocats as your charity this year?

Each year we raise money for a charity we consider to be doing good work in the community. With the challenges faced by refugees and asylum seekers, particularly children, we felt it vital to highlight and support Afrocats' work. We are privileged Afrocats use our building for some of their activities, and wanted to further this bond with our Advent recital. This year Cross Street Chapel celebrated its 350th anniversary. As we have reflected on the history of the chapel and the community we serve, we have reaffirmed our commitment to welcoming those who are marginalised and ostracised in society, including refugees, people of colour, women, the LGBTQIA community and people experiencing homelessness.

Why is it important for people to support charities?

With challenges such as the cost-of-living crisis and rising energy prices, it is vital for individuals and organisations to help one another where they can. We must be willing to make connections and share resources when able, particularly with the most marginalised amongst us. This includes supporting charities through financial giving, volunteering, and lending moral support.

What can people expect from the advent event?

"Anthems for Advent" features music and readings given from Cross Street Chapel's congregation and friends. You can expect stellar music, thought-provoking readings, and a cheery atmosphere as we welcome the winter holidays. Afterwards people are invited to join us for tea/coffee/mulled wine/juice, as well as mince pies.

How can people attend?

Booking is requested, and can be done by visiting or writing to

Afrocats needs to raise £2,000 to give the children we support a Christmas to remember. Can you help us by making a small donation?

Make your donation here.


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