New Monthly 'Prayers of Remembrance' launched across Kirkby

The Church of England in Kirkby are offering the local community the chance to take time out and remember  their loved ones on the first Wednesday of each month from 2-4pm. The new monthly ‘Prayers of Remembrance’ allows people time to have their own space and be still and quiet in church, with the option of saying prayers, and talking with someone confidentially if they wish. It is open to everyone – and especially those who do not usually attend church.

The Prayers of Remembrance is organised in conjunction with the bereavement support group in the Kirkby Parish, who can also offer longer term personal one to one support at home. Rev Jayne VanDenBerg-Owens from St. Martins, Southdene, Kirkby said, “Grief can be a funny thing, and it doesn’t matter how long it was since you lost someone. You can be fine for weeks and then it can suddenly come flooding back. Prayers for Remembrance is open to anyone who just wants some quiet time and space to remember their loved ones. We can also provide a confidential, listening ear, as sometimes it is difficult to talk about our grief with those closest to us.

Those who have attended so far have said that they really value having some dedicated time set aside to remember their loved ones.”


Prayers for Remembrance will take place on the following dates this year:

Wed 2nd May – St. Andrew’s Church, Towerhill

Wed 6th June – St. Chad’s Church, Westvale

Wed 4th July – St. Mark’s Church, Northwood

Wed 1st August – St. Martin’s Church, Southdene

Wed 5th September – St. Andrew’s Church, Towerhill

Wed 3rd October – St. Chad’s Church, Westvale

Sunday 4th November – St. Chad’s at 3.00pm, St. Mark’s at 4.00pm, St. Andrews at 6.30pm St. Martin’s at 6.30pm

Wed 5th December – St. Mark’s Church, Northwood

For more information, please speak to any of the clergy or contact:  Rev. Jayne VanDenBerg-Owens

Telephone: 0151 721 6814    Mobile: 07828 701890     Email:


Walking through Holy Week

Good Friday Workshop


The doors opened at 10 am and 80 children and young people piled into St Chad’s for a morning of craft, party, story, worship and Easter egg hunt.

Whilst the majority of the children went round the 10 craft tables the group with no name worked on their own canvas masterpieces in the vestry and surrounding areas, paint and sequins being used in great abundance.

The rest of the church was taken up with craft tables and a special area for the under fives. The crafts and the story help the children remember the events from Palm Sunday through to Easter Day.

Just before the Easter egg hunt the chancel rocked to Great Big God with 80 children and adults singing with all the actions.

Jen Stratford.

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Photos © Tim Stratford

Anniversary of the Last Supper

Chalice & Paten

An important part of the life of our churches is to walk in the steps of Jesus through Holy Week (the week before Easter). Doing this helps Christian people to identify themselves as part of Jesus’ story. This is a week that led to his sacrifice and execution on a cross. By walking in his footsteps his followers are able to renew themselves to a life of love even to the point of self-sacrifice.

Maundy Thursday is the day in Holy Week when Jesus’s Last Supper is remembered. The occasion on which he took bread and wine bidding his followers to remember him each time they break bread and drink wine in the future. Out of this occasion has sprung the regular practice of Holy Communion in the Christian church. A constant reminder in the church of our call to walk in Christ’s footsteps and to be more Christ-like.

This year members of our churches met in St Chad’s over a meal reminiscent of the Passover, as the Last Supper was itself a Passover banquet. During the meal bread and wine were shared as a special act of Holy Communion in a context perhaps more like Jesus’s own context than our normal weekly Communion services. It transported the diners into Jesus story. The great reredos at St Chad’s depicts the Last Supper and Institiution of Holy Communion and this occasion was as if we were in the picture.

Thanks to all our helpers who catered for over 60 people on the evening: Claire, Jean, Brenda, Joyce, Edie, Doris, Paula and Jen.

This was one of a number of events through Holy Week that helped the church community in Kirkby commit themselves further to be a part of Jesus’s story.

Church set for a banquet
Church set for a banquet.
The banquet
The banquet - Communion and Passover.



Easter Eggstravaganza in the Inshops


Eggstravaganza crowd
If you ventured into the Inshops on the Saturday before Easter you may have been surprised to be greeted by Whinny the Pooh and Tigger or maybe even the Queen of Hearts. Venture further in and you will have seen children having their faces painted or making Easter cards. Puppet shows occurred at regular intervals and details were available about the Easter services and the work of the Anglican Churches in Kirkby. Whilst children participated in an elaborate Easter Egg hunt around the Inshops adults wrote down their prayer requests which were nailed to a large wooden cross, or were entertained by the adventures of bert, Lucy, Rosie and Jim or Cheeky Charlie the monkey..

This was the second outreach event in the Inshops following up our Christmas activities. It comes out of our belief that the church should be out in the market place and amongst the people and not just shut away behind the walls on Sundays. By all accounts this day was extremely valuable and a huge success. 130 children participated in the treasure hunt each receiving an Easter Egg as a prize on completion. 110 people asked specifically for prayer, their requests totally covering the large cross. These requests were taken back to our 4 churches and prayed over that Sunday and in some cases for the following weeks as well. Many good conversations also took place and much literature was distributed hopefully demonstrating that the church in Kirkby is alive and relevant today. There was also much goodwill from the Inshop traders who experienced increased trade that day and also from the shops manager who has invited us back again in the summer. many thanks also to the committed team who worked so hard to make this day what it was.

Andy Heber

Christel Ann in full flow Vera Dave the King of Hearts Hannah
Pics © Tim Stratford.