Admin Assistant Required

Keyboard PicOur arrangements for Parish admin are changing and we now advertise for our own employee to fill the post of Admin Assistant.
10.5 hours / 3 mornings / week.
£7.50 / hour.
20 days holiday / year + public holidays pro-rata.

Shared office space at St Mark’s church with occasional duties in other parish offices.

Possibility of further hours on particular projects should funding be available.

Starting date: Monday 6th September 2010.

Application closing date: 5.00pm Friday 25th June 2010.
Interviews will be held on the afternoon of Monday 5th July.

All details and an application form are available here.

General Election Debate

From left to right: Liam Fogarty (Chairman), Flo Clucas (Lib Dem), David Dunne (Conservative), George Howarth (Labour), Anthony Rundle (UKIP).

St Chad’s played host to an election debate on Friday 30th April in which four prospective parliamentary candidates subjected themselves to questions from the public.

The evening was supported by the Kirkby churches of all denominations and was a great way for residents to listen and decide about which way to vote.

It was a brave decision by the candidates to enter into this sort of debate and all four did so wholeheartedly.  The debate helped bring democracy alive in the town.  It is not the churches’ place to tell people which way to vote, but all of us want to encourage residents to weigh up their options and to cast a vote.

Liam Fogarty has good experience of how to hold the ring in political cut and thrust from his time with the BBC and he did so expertly here.  Debate was lively both on the platform and from the floor.  It could have descended into a shouting match but never did.  Despite one or two technical difficulties for which St Chad’s apologises, the evening went as hoped and is a model for future elections, local and national.

There are five candidates standing in Knowsley.  National church advice is that it would be in contradiction to our charitable objects as a church to provide a platform for the British National Party and it was for this reason that only four candidates were invited to take part in this event. Click here for links to that advice (pdf file, opens in a new window).

About 120 residents attended to hear the candidates speak.
Liam Fogarty
Chairman Liam Fogarty.


Going over to Rome

Meeting with Mgr Guido Marini, the Master of Pontifical Ceremonies, above St Peter's Square. From left to right: Fr Philip Moger, Revd Anne Dawtry, Very Revd David Richardson, Revd Tim Lomax, Dana Delap, Very Revd Rogers Govander, Revd Paul Thomas, Gill Ambrose, Revd Canon David Kennedy, Rt Revd Graham Kings, Revd Professor Paul Bradshaw, Revd Canon Gilly Myers, Revd Peter Moger, Rt Revd Bob Patterson, Revd Anders Bergquist, Rt Revd Stephen Platten, Revd Simon Jones, Revd Gary Waddington, Mgr Guido Marini, Revd Canon Carl Turner, Sue Moore, Fr Paul Gunter, Mgr Mark Langham, myself (expertly pressing the button on my camera was Revd Rhiannon Jones)

It was my privilege, as a member of the Church of England’s Liturgical Commission, to attend a series of meetings in Rome at the end of April.  This included some of the regular domestic business to resource worship in the Church of England as well as dialogue with counterparts in the Vatican.

Members of the Liturgical Commission were treated to some of Rome’s most spectacular sights, including visits to the catacombs underneath the tombs of the Popes in the basement of St Peter’s Basilica, a rooftop view of St Peter’s Square from underneath the Papal Apartments and the city-scape from the rooftop garden of the UK Ambassador’s residence.

The visit demonstrated the trust and respect that is held of one another as members of two different churches.  There is a great deal that is held in common both in belief and practice.

Perhaps the most stark difference that emerged through our discussions about worship was in the importance attached to cultural context.  In the Vatican the aspiration of universal practice was stressed; that is to say the hope that worship would be as uniform as possible throughout the world.  And indeed part of the job of the leaders we met was to promote that.  In the Anglican Communion local context is allowed to strongly shape how the Church worships.  So patterns of worship for the Church in Nigeria carry recognisably African references that are not present in the Church of England.

These meetings were particularly timely as the Holy Father prepares to visit the UK in September.  There is a widespread hope across the Church of England that his visit inspires many more to think an reflect on the Christian faith whether expressed in Roman, Anglican or other church tradition.

The privilege of being up close at a Papal Audience.
The privilege of being up close at a Papal Audience.
The crowds who come to hear the Holy Father in St Peter's Square every Wednesday morning.
The crowds who come to hear the Holy Father in St Peter's Square every Wednesday morning.
Thought to be one of the earliest depictions of Jesus, this mosaic is on the ceiling of a catacomb deep beneath St Peter's Basilica in Rome.