Following the success of the last youth pilgrimage, which welcomed a group of young Americans to the deanery, we’re excited to announce that the opportunity exists for a group of young people from our churches to be involved over the next two years in another journey together, that will involve hard work, spiritual growth, and ultimately, a chance to welcome another group of young people to this country in 2016, and to travel to the US in 2017. For more information, see the posters in our churches.
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The annual children’s workshops happened this morning, with crafts, stories, music and of course the Easter Egg Hunt! Lots of fun was had by all.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. There will be a Candlelit Vigil Service in St. Chad’s to commemorate the declaration of war on Monday 4th August, at 7.30pm. We are working with other churches and organisations in Kirkby, including the Catholic Churches and Lifegate Church, to mark the occasion. Everyone is welcome, from any church or none.
St. Martin’s Church is 50 years old this year! Built in the 1960s in the prevailing style, and refurbished in 2010, we are celebrating with a Festival Eucharist and a Cream Tea on Saturday 12th July at 4pm. Come along to celebrate. Everyone welcome!
Special commemorative Fine Bone China mugs are also available to purchase – £6 or 2 for £10. All proceeds will go to support the work of the church.
Today we welcome Revd. Peter Smyth as the new Team Vicar of St. Andrew’s Church, Tower Hill, and as the Adult Discipleship Co-ordinator across the whole parish.
Peter takes up the role having been Assistant Curate in the Parish of Prescot. In the 1980’s Peter trained as a chef and worked for a number of years in the catering industry before moving into the retail sector and working his way up through the ranks of management. Although a Scouser born and bred Peter’s career has seen him living for a number of years in County Durham; a place he now calls his second home, and he also lived and worked for three years in Southern Spain. Peter has an eclectic taste in music; he enjoys walking, still enjoys cooking and likes to read to unwind.
The Kirkby Churches spent three days in the InShops this Christmas offering a variety of children’s activities, including crafts, face painting, balloon modelling, a live re-enactment of the nativity (in a surreal stable with polar bears and penguins!), as well as more tranquil opportunities for prayer, reflection and hand massage. Hard work by everyone involved, and a fantastic three days.
Out with the old, in with the old… Rev. Jeremy Fagan, for the last eight years Team Vicar of St. Martin’s Southdene, and Children’s Chaplain to the whole parish, has been appointed as Team Rector of the Parish of Kirkby, remaining Team Vicar of St. Martin’s, but giving up his role with children and young people.
Jeremy was licensed on the 20th November, by the Rt Rev. Richard Blackburn, Bishop of Warrington, along with Ven. Ricky Panter, Archdeacon of Liverpool in St. Martin’s.
This appointment gives the parish a measure of continuity at a time of big changes elsewhere, with both Rev. Tim Stratford and Rev. Andy Heber leaving Kirkby over the summer. We look forward to welcoming new colleagues as Team Vicars at St. Andrew’s and St. Chad’s.