Following the success of the last youth pilgrimage, which welcomed a group of young Americans to the deanery, we’re excited to announce that the opportunity exists for a group of young people from our churches to be involved over the next two years in another journey together, that will involve hard work, spiritual growth, and ultimately, a chance to welcome another group of young people to this country in 2016, and to travel to the US in 2017. For more information, see the posters in our churches.
Welcome to the website of the Kirkby Team Ministry – the Church of England in Kirkby. We are four churches, St. Chad’s, St. Martin’s, St. Mark’s and St. Andrew’s, that together serve the parish of Kirkby, Merseyside.
To find your way about the site, please use the menu above. Contact and location information are in the ‘Information’ menu, and Sunday service times are linked from the home page, as well as under each individual church.
We look forward to meeting you!
Kirkby is a town with ancient roots, but a very modern feel. Mentioned in the Doomsday book, we know that there has been a settlement here for over a thousand years, and the font in St. Chad’s dates back to that time. It is humbling to think that for half of Christian history, children in Kirkby have been christened in the font that is now in the present St. Chad’s.
Remaining an agricultural village for hundreds of years, the area was changed irrevocably by the Second World War, when the Royal Ordnance Factory was built. At the time, it was well away from any settlement, so that in the event of an accident, no houses would be affected. After the war, the factory was converted into Kirkby Industrial Estate, with major employers moving there, such as English Electric, AC Delco, Kraft, Kodak, and many more.
To allow for the ‘slums’ in Liverpool to be cleared, the City decided that it needed to build new towns on the outskirts, and so they bought the land for Kirkby off the Earl of Sefton, and began building in the early 1950s.
One of the stipulations that the Earl put in place, was that no one should build too close to St. Chad’s, which is what gives St. Chad’s such a wonderful green space all around it.
As the new estates were built, it was felt that each needed their own churches. These began, meeting in barns, huts, schools, etc. until eventually, the three of them built their own new buildings. The four churches have always been sister churches, and have a proud tradition of close working and friendship, a tradition that endures to this day.
The churchmanship of the parish has varied, and each church has its own different history, but it’s fair to say that on the whole, the parish is nearer the top of the candle than the bottom! These days, we welcome most styles of worship, music and spirituality within the Christian tradition, and are inclusive and broad in our theology.
There is more history on the individual churches’ pages – please do browse around and have a read.
Everyone is welcome to attend our regular worship services in the parish.
St. Mark’s and St. Martin’s have their main Eucharist at 9.30am, and St. Martin’s have a family service on the last Sunday of the month at 10am as well.
St. Andrew’s and St. Chad’s have their main Eucharist at 11am.
St. Mark’s (at 10am) and St. Chad’s (at 11am) have All Age Services on the first Sunday of the month.
Our evening worship services vary through the month. More information here.
There are regular Eucharists at St. Martin’s, 10am on Tuesdays, St. Chad’s, 9:45am on Wednesdays, and St. Andrew’s, 7pm on Wednesdays. These almost always happen, but it may be worth checking beforehand if it’s the first time you’ve been.
We also meet for morning prayer Mondays – Thursdays at 9am in different churches – if you’d like to join us, please contact us to find out where we are!
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. There will be a Candlelit Vigil Service in St. Chad’s to commemorate the declaration of war on Monday 4th August, at 7.30pm. We are working with other churches and organisations in Kirkby, including the Catholic Churches and Lifegate Church, to mark the occasion. Everyone is welcome, from any church or none.
St. Martin’s Church is 50 years old this year! Built in the 1960s in the prevailing style, and refurbished in 2010, we are celebrating with a Festival Eucharist and a Cream Tea on Saturday 12th July at 4pm. Come along to celebrate. Everyone welcome!
Special commemorative Fine Bone China mugs are also available to purchase – £6 or 2 for £10. All proceeds will go to support the work of the church.
Today we welcome Revd. Peter Smyth as the new Team Vicar of St. Andrew’s Church, Tower Hill, and as the Adult Discipleship Co-ordinator across the whole parish.
Peter takes up the role having been Assistant Curate in the Parish of Prescot. In the 1980’s Peter trained as a chef and worked for a number of years in the catering industry before moving into the retail sector and working his way up through the ranks of management. Although a Scouser born and bred Peter’s career has seen him living for a number of years in County Durham; a place he now calls his second home, and he also lived and worked for three years in Southern Spain. Peter has an eclectic taste in music; he enjoys walking, still enjoys cooking and likes to read to unwind.
Out with the old, in with the old… Rev. Jeremy Fagan, for the last eight years Team Vicar of St. Martin’s Southdene, and Children’s Chaplain to the whole parish, has been appointed as Team Rector of the Parish of Kirkby, remaining Team Vicar of St. Martin’s, but giving up his role with children and young people.
Jeremy was licensed on the 20th November, by the Rt Rev. Richard Blackburn, Bishop of Warrington, along with Ven. Ricky Panter, Archdeacon of Liverpool in St. Martin’s.
This appointment gives the parish a measure of continuity at a time of big changes elsewhere, with both Rev. Tim Stratford and Rev. Andy Heber leaving Kirkby over the summer. We look forward to welcoming new colleagues as Team Vicars at St. Andrew’s and St. Chad’s.