The Group with No Name went on a trip to Liverpool at the start of October half term. We visited both cathedrals, Hope Street, the Albert Dock, Mersey Maritime Museum, the International Slavery Museum, ‘an awesome sweet shop’, and saw HMS Illustrious on her visit to Liverpool. It was a long and tiring day, but with a collection of ridiculously large gobstoppers to sustain us, we had a fantastic time. Despite a brief rain shower early on, the weather was good, and we even saw Kirkby in the distance from the top of the Anglican Cathedral!
Members of St. Martin’s visited the Anglican Cathedral on Friday 23rd October for a concert of modern Christian hymns and songs with the world’s leading contemporary Christian song-writer, Stuart Townend and his band. We were treated to an eclectic mix of music, from jazz and folk to hymns and worship songs, all led by a group of extremely gifted musicians in the beautiful surrounds of the cathedral. Hopefully, we’ll start to learn one or two of the new songs!
St Chad’s Christmas Fair has been rearranged.
It was planned to take place on Saturday 5th December. This is a couple of weeks later than normal and clashes with a number of other events.
The date has changed to Sunday 6th December, after the 11.00am Morning Eucharist.
The Venue has changed to the Church building rather than Centre 63.
The Fair will now be a “Mini Fair”.
We normally have a good range of handicrafts prepared by church members and friends of St Chad’s which many people rely on at Christmas time. Rather than cancel the Fair this year we have decided to run a Mini Fair at which all the usual handicrafts, cards and flowers will be on sale, but without the grotto.
Why not join us for the morning service then browse the stalls afterwards?
We have a busy programme of events planned for Christmas this year, with something for everyone around the four Church of England churches here in Kirkby:
Sunday 1st November: All Saints day. Services of commemoration for the faithful departed in all four churches, 4pm at St. Mark’s, and 6pm in the other 3 churches.
Friday 13th November: Murder Mystery evening in St. Chad’s.
Saturday 21st November: Christmas Shopping Trip to Chester.
Sunday 29th November: St. Andrews’ Patronal Festival at 11am. All four churches come together for one service.
Parish Advent Course: Running on Tuesdays in Advent at 7:30pm, looking at the lives of four women saints.
- Tuesday 1st December, St. Mark’s: Catherine of Alexandria
- Tuesday 8th December, Centre 63: Lucy
- Tuesday 15th December, St. Andrew’s: Eglantyne Jebb
- Tuesday 22nd December, St. Martin’s: Mary
Friday 4th December: Christmas Cocktails @ St. Martin’s. Come and experience the roaring twenties!
Sunday 6th December: St. Chad’s Mini Christmas Fair immediately after the 11.00am Morning Eucharist.
Sunday 13th December: Children’s Christmas Party. Details tbc.
Sunday 13th December: The Band of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment performing in St. Chad’s at 6:30pm
Sunday 13th December: Sing-a-long Christmas Carols at St. Mark’s with Cafe Church. Minced pies, mulled wine and your favourite carols at 6:30pm
Monday 14th December: Community Carol Service @ St. Andrew’s at 6:30pm.
Sunday 20th December: Carols by Candlelight in St. Andrew’s, St. Chad’s and St. Martin’s. Traditional carol services with the churches beautifully lit.
Christmas Eve: Crib Services in St. Andrew’s and St. Chad’s at 4pm.
Christmas Eve: First Communion of Christmas at 9:30pm in St. Mark’s, 11pm in St. Andrew’s and 11:30pm in St. Martin’s & St. Chad’s
Christmas Day Communions: at 10am in St. Andrew’s, St. Chad’s and St. Martin’s, and at 11am in St. Mark’s.
Wednesday 21st October: Working at Ashworth (Irene Riley) 7:30pm
Wednesday 28th October: NO MEETING : HALF TERM
Wednesday 4th November: Eucharist and Interactive Bible Study 6:45pm
Wednesday 11th November: Uppity Women (Fiona Steele) 7:30pm
Wednesday 18th November: Eucharist (before DCC) 6:45pm
Tuesday 25th November: Bring and Share Evening 7:30pm
Wednesday 2nd December: Eucharist (before PCC) 6:45pm
Monday 14th December: Community Carol Service
Activities are held twice a month for children aged 5 to 11.
On the 3rd Sunday of each month from 3pm to 4:30pm children meet at the church for a fast moving and fun session including teaching, singing, DVDs, drama, puppets, games, crafts and the famous Kids Club challenge. This year the theme is Junior Heros in which we are thinking what it means to be a hero for God, studying stories of children in the bible who were just that and linking the themes in with scenes from the film: The Incredibles.
On the first Saturday of every month from 10am to 11:15am we meet at the All weather pitches by Ravenscroft School for football and Netball. One of our leaders is an F.A> qualified football coach and does a number of exercises with the children to improve their skills.
Both these sessions are free and open to any children between 5 and 11. For more details or to join in please ring Andy on 0151 5487969.
During the second week of the school holidays Wastewatchers Holiday Club took place at St. Andrew’s Church, attracting over 40 children from the local schools in Tower Hill. A team of over 20 helpers from the church worked with them and a great time was had by all with singing, craft activities, DVDs, games and challenges often involving water and shaving cream. The theme was transformation and how God can bring life beauty and hope out of apparent dark and hopeless situations and we studied a number of bible stories which illustrated these themes together. Now autumn has come the children are continuing to attend our Kids Club learning what it means to be Junior Heros.
Welcome to our new blog. This is where we will be posting news stories from the Parish of Kirkby, and the four Church of England churches here, St. Andrew’s, St. Chad’s, St. Mark’s and St. Martin’s.
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