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.
Sunday 15th April 2012 will be the 23rd anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster. The regular Parish evening service held at St Andrew’s on this day will afford an opportunity to reflect quietly on the pain and injustice of the day in the light of Jesus’ resurrection words: “Peace be with you”.
Although this is not a memorial service 96 candles will be lit as a focus for thought and meditation.
Sunday 15th April, 6.30pm
St Andrew’s Church, off Shevington’s Lane.
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Our thanks to all who contributed to a happy and enjoyable Christmas Fair this year. The Chair of the organizing committee writes:
After weeks of planing it all came together on Saturday 26th November.
The flower ladies Olive & Pat had made beautiful table decorations, Edie had crocheted lots of colourful & lovely items, Barbara did her legendary Tombola, Mary & Joan did brick-a-brack they had a vast array of things. The sweets stall was Paula , Jessica & Konnie-Jo; games stall was Abigail & Alison, Sharon & Sean were taking care of the raffle , the fantastic refreshments were served by Linda & Doris , Jen was on the cake stall and of cause Santa in his grotto assisted by Jean, Audrey was on hand to help with making sure that we had petty cash & enough change .
All of the stalls where stoked with donated & homemade items .
I would like to thank everyone who helped In any way at all , we raised £518 on the day & received a donation of £200 from Peter Coyne.
Parents, children and grandparents enjoyed a fun filled afternoon at St. Mark’s Church on Sunday 6th November. The day allowed the community to enjoy quizzes, face paints and food and entertainment and find out what’s happening in their local church. The entertainment for the day was provided by A.C.T. the drama group that runs in the church. Many users of the building such as ACME and TANGO helped and promoted the work they do within the building. The funds raised from the day will help to finish our baptismal area making it more welcoming for families. Watch out for our Christmas schedule and Spring Raffle.
Dr Jane Williams is to give this year’s Archbishop Blanch Lecture at Liverpool Hope University, titled “The Word, and the words, how does God speak”.
Tim Stratford is the Chairman of the Archbishop Blanch Lecture Trust that organises this and is pleased to have secured such an eminent person to tie in with the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the publication of King James Bible.
The lecture is free and open to all, but booking is essential. It is one of the best attended annual events of its sort in the diocese each year and members of all our churches are encouraged to come along.
Please talk to Tim or contact Lifelong Learning Department on either firstname.lastname@example.org or 0151 705 2120 to book a place.
Dr Williams teaches Christian doctrine at SPTC. She is also a visiting Lecturer in Theology at King’s College London, having previously taught at Trinity College Bristol. She is the author of several books, including ‘Approaching Easter’ and ‘Approaching Christmas’, ‘Perfect Freedom’, ‘Who Do You Say That I am?’ and most recently, ‘Angels’. She is married to Rowan, who is Archbishop of Canterbury, and they have two children.