St. Martin's Refurbishment

Wooden crosses in front of St. Martin's
St. Martin's crosses

Work finally starts on Monday, 15th February for 15 weeks at St. Martin’s to totally refurbish the church. We are very excited at the prospect of seeing St. Martin’s restored to make it one of Kirkby’s most beautiful modern spaces, as well as a functional community space for Southdene.

As well as necessary repairs, we will be decorating the church inside and out, restoring the windows, putting in a kitchen and toilets, and creating a new entrance, meeting room and cafe-style space.

While the work is happening, the church will be closed during the week, but we will still be meeting on Sundays for worship, although while a gas pipe is being moved, it might be a little chilly for a while!

When the work is done, we will be launching the refurbishment on Saturday 19th June, with a family fun event, welcoming the Right Reverend Richard Blackburn, Bishop of Warrington to re-open the building. Watch this space for details!

Questions of Faith

Why are we here?

Question Mark
Questions of Faith

Why is there so much suffering?

What happens when we die?

Is there a God?

Who exactly was Jesus?

And what does Church offer me in my life?

Questions of Faith is an opportunity to explore the big questions of life – the really big ones, that everyone thinks about, but often don’t get discussed. In a relaxed, friendly and welcoming environment, where no-one’s opinion is wrong, no question is too daft to ask, and where you absolutely won’t get preached at, come along to explore the really big questions that we all face – Questions of Faith.

Starting Sunday, 21st February, 2010, at 6:30pm at the Rectory, Old Hall Lane, Kirkby, or ring Tim Stratford on 0151 547 2155 for more information.

Holy Week and Easter

Come and celebrate Easter with us in Kirkby this year, with something for everyone over the course of the festival.

Sunrise and Cross at St. Andrew's
The Empty Cross at Dawn

Holy Week begins with our usual Palm Sunday celebrations in the four churches on Sunday morning, St. Mark’s and St. Martin’s at 9:30am, and St. Andrew’s and St. Chad’s at 11am.

Holy Week Meditations are all at 7:30pm as follows:

Monday at St. Chad’s

Tuesday at St. Mark’s

Wednesday at St. Andrew’s

Maundy Thursday Passover Meal and Vigil are at St. Andrew’s at 7pm

Good Friday begins with the children’s workshops at 9:30am and 11:30am, followed by the Hour at the Cross at St. Mark’s at 2:30pm.

In the evening, there is an Ecumenical Service at St. Andrew’s at 7pm.

On Easter Eve (Saturday 3rd April), there is a Vigil Service at St. Chad’s at 8pm.

And Easter Day is celebrated in all four churches at their usual times, St Martin’s and St. Mark’s at 9:30am, and St. Chad’s and St. Andrew’s at 11am.

Lent Prayer Course

Candles lit in prayer

As the church spends its traditional period preparing for Easter, we are running a Lent Course looking at prayer in various forms.

We begin on Ash Wednesday, with the Imposition of Ashes, at 7:30pm at St. Mark’s.

We then go on to explore some different forms of prayer on Wednesday evenings, all at 7:30pm, as follows:

Wednesday 24th February: Liturgical Prayer (St Chad’s)

Wednesday 3rd March: Taize Prayer (St. Andrew’s)

Wednesday 10th March: Ignatian Prayer (St. Andrew’s)

Wednesday 17th March: Prayer Stations (St. Mark’s)

Wednesday 24th March: Prayer and Touch (St. Chad’s)