St Chad's Open Days

If you have walked past St Chad’s Church on Old Hall Lane but have never looked inside then come to an Open Day.

St Chad's, Kirkby
The gem that is St Chad's

St Chad’s will be open every Sunday afternoon in July and August 2011 for visitors to come and look around.  Everybody is welcome.  We will have some wardens on hand who can answer questions and provide leaflets.

1.00 – 4.00pm every* Sunday in July and August
*1.30 – 4.00pm only on 24th July and  28th August

Enjoy the beauty of the Pre-Raphaelite art inside.
Don’t miss the Saxon font.
Look at the historic church yard and site of a saxon church.
Light a candle, say a prayer, find some peace, meet with God…

Admission free.

Interested in joining us for worship on a Sunday morning click here, or on a Sunday evening click here.

St Chad's Montage

A new curate for Kirkby

Jayne VanDenBerg-Owens

Jayne with Bishop Richard
Jayne with Bishop Richard



After being ordained as a deacon last week, Jayne has taken up the post of curate in the Kirkby Parish. Jayne who is originally from Kirkby has moved into St. Mark’s Vicarage at Brampton Close with her husband Andy and two of her three children – Joseph and Chris. Prior to her training for ordination, Jayne has spent the majority of her working life running her own business. During the last three years whilst studying, she has focused on increasing her listening and pastoral skills, by working part-time as a Crisis Carer.

From an early age, Jayne has always been conscious of having a personal faith in God and has always been involved in some form of active lay ministry in the churches where she has worshipped. Around ten years ago after a death in the family, Jayne found her faith being challenged. This resulted in her embarking on a journey of discovery, in which she sought to delve deeper into the faith she had been taught as a child. Initially this led to studying theology through a correspondence course with St. John’s College in Nottingham.

Whilst studying at St. John’s College, Jayne became a lay leader in St. John’s Church, Burscough. She became involved in the development of house-groups, writing small group studies and was a pastor to a cluster of house-group leaders. Before being selected for ordination, Jayne spent three years developing and running a discipleship programme for mature Christians who, like Jayne wanted to deepen their understand of the Christian faith. Jayne is passionate about sharing the Gospel with people both inside and outside the church and considers outreach and evangelism to be an important part of her ministry.

Jayne sees her new role in the Kirkby team ministry as a real homecoming. Jayne says, “St. Martins Church is on the next road from where I grew up as a child, and I can see my first marital home from the vicarage! Bishop James Jones commented earlier this year; that taking up a post in Kirkby would in many ways be like going back to my roots – and this is exactly what it feels like! Being a ‘Kirkby Lass’ and coming from a working class background, I am not what many people would consider to be a ‘typical’ Deacon. Nevertheless, Kirkby was the place where God planted the seeds in my heart for my future ministry, and I pray that by his grace he will allow those seeds to bear fruit in my hometown. I look forward to meeting friends from the past and meeting new people as I serve the people of Kirkby”.

Evening Worship Programme


We have now managed to put the last piece of a jigsaw of evening worship in place that means there is a service in the parish every Sunday evening.

There has been demand for this for some time and four new forms of worship for the church in Kirkby have been developed over recent years.


6.30 evening services now follow the following pattern:
1st Sunday: Taizé Worship at St Martin’s
2nd Sunday ‘Heart of Worship’ contemporary praise, alternating between St. Andrew’s and St. Martin’s
3rd Sunday Reflections at St Andrew’s
4th Sunday 1662 Evensong at St Chad’s
5th Sunday Healing Service on rotation


Taizé Worship
Follows the reflective and musical traditions of the Taizé Community in Burgundy, Southern France.  The repeated contemporary chants throughout this half hour service give a peaceful opportunity for prayer.  Held in St Martin’s on the first Sunday of every month.

Heart of Worship
A chance to enter into the ‘heart of worship’, using the best of contemporary music. Worship to engage the heart as well as the mind. Alternates between St. Andrew’s & St. Martin’s – 6pm to broaden the ages of those who might attend.

The “Reflections Service”
Provides a fresh take on big themes using multi-media and multi-sensory ideas to get you to think and inspire fresh prayer. Third Sunday of every month at St Andrew’s.

St Chad’s
A traditional church building and a traditional form of Evening Prayer from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer is on offer there every fourth Sunday of the month.  This is by no means new but it is new to the present generation of churches in Kirkby and was the last piece of the jigsaw we have put in place.

Four times a year there is a fifth Sunday
Each month this happens there will be a service of Wholeness and Healing moving around the four of our churches on a rotational basis.




Andy and Lynne's Wedding

Andy and Lynne
Andy & Lynne on their wedding day

Revd Andy Heber and Lynne Livingstone sealed the knot on Saturday 4th June at Orangefield Presbyterian Church in Belfast. The day was blessed by fine weather for a photo-shoot at Stormont before returning to the Church Centre of a reception.

After a couple of weeks away in the quiet of West Ireland they have now returned to Kirkby where Lynne is beginning to settle in.

More pictures below..






Andy & Lynne outside church
The scene in the Church car park
Stormont Gardens
Stormont Gardens