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Christmas in Kirkby

Make your Christmas special by joining us at one of our many events over Christmas.

Saturday 5th December

12-3pm St. Martin’s Christmas Fair

6:45 for 7pm Duke of Lancaster’s Band Concert in St. Chad’s

Sunday 6th December

6:30pm Advent Service of Light in St. Martin’s

Saturday 12th December

11am Carol Singing in Kirkby Town Centre

Sunday 20th December

9:30am Carol Service at St. Mark’s

6:30pm Carols by Candlelight in St. Chad’s, St. Andrew’s, and St. Martin’s

Christmas Eve

4pm Crib Services in St. Andrew’s, St. Martin’s, and St. Chad’s

8:30pm First Communion of Christmas in St. Mark’s

11:30pm Midnight Communion in St. Martin’s, St. Chad’s, and St. Andrew’s

Christmas Day

10am Christmas morning services in all four churches

Remembrance Sunday 2015

7000 petals scattered in St. Chad's to commemorate Remembrance Sunday.Several hundred people turned out to pay their respects for Remembrance Sunday this year, despite the conditions. This was the last year at the cenotaph in its current location, and as last year, the parade then went into St. Chad’s for a brief service, remembering the 75th anniversary of the start of the Liverpool Blitz. Cadets read some first hand experiences and memories, images of the blitz brought back memories for some, and told Liverpool’s story for others, and an evocative soundscape of air raid sirens and bombs, made the memories even more powerful. The event finished with singing Abide with me, and the petals scattering showing that despite so many losing their lives, they are not forgotten.

GraveTalk: a cafe space to talk about death, dying and funerals

Votive Candles and Cross January 26, 2004

It’s not easy to talk about death, dying and funerals. GraveTalk is designed to get the conversation started. There are no answers – just thought provoking questions to get you thinking – and talking. Come along for an informal evening over coffee and cake at St. Martins Monday, 28th September, at 7:30pm. All welcome.

We hope to repeat this event in the future – if you can’t make this one, but would like to come to another event, let us know by posting a comment below!

Confirmations

St AndrewsCongratulations to everyone who was confirmed at St. Andrew’s on Sunday by Bishop Paul. Our prayers go with you as you continue on your journey of faith, and especially as you act as crispy seaweed making others thirsty for the gospel.. (I think I’m remembering the bishop’s sermon correctly!)

A huge thank you to everyone from St. Andrew’s who worked so hard putting the service on and hosting so ably, and to the choir for leading the worship.

Liverpool Virginia Pilgrimage 2015-17

Poster - Virginia Pilgrimage 16:17Following 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.

Kirkby

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. Sadly, in 2016, the decision was taken to move out of St. Mark’s church building, which was the end of an era in Northwood.

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.

First World War commemoration

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 50th Anniversary Celebration

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.