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.
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.
St. Chad’s was full this evening as we gathered to say goodbye and farewell to Tim, Jen and the boys as they leave Kirkby for Leicester. An emotional service included Tim handing over responsibilities, and giving his thanks for the many people who have worked alongside him and supported his ministry in Kirkby, and our thanks to him and Jen for all the work that they’ve done here. Tim has touched the lives of many people here in Kirkby, and will be a tough act to follow.
Thank you both.
There are more pictures up on our Facebook page – go there and ‘like’ us while you’re at it! Tim will be welcomed to the Diocese of Leicester on the 29th September.
Joe Shaw, a member of St. Andrew’s Church and a volunteer with Tango, was selected to be one of the privileged few who carried the Olympic Torch on its journey around Britain. After extensive coverage in the local press and television news, the moment arrived. A crowd of friends from Kirkby made the short journey down to Huyton to see him pass, and after a very noisy cavalcade of sponsors vehicles, security, police, and Olympic officials, Joe finally appeared.
St. Andrew’s hosted a Lunch Party for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee today – the hall was thoroughly bedecked with Union Jacks, and we listened to the Best of British music. Thanks to Carol and Carole for all their hard work, and to all their team of helpers who decorated and served the food. Thanks also to Riverside Housing for their support in funding the event!
Sunday 13th May marked Rev. Andy Heber’s final Sunday in the parish, after nine years here in Kirkby. He and Lynne have moved to Northern Ireland, to three churches outside Omagh: Seskinore, Drumnakilly and Clogherny. His leaving was marked by a service in St. Andrew’s Church, with over 100 people packed into the hall to see them off. In an emotional farewell, he thanked everyone for all their support, and they were presented with a picture of the Liverpool waterfront, a Home Communion set, and a gift to help them set up their new home together.
Some photographs from the evening are on our Facebook site – why not have a browse and ‘like’ the page while you’re there?
Holy Week and Easter Services in the parish:
Sunday 1st April – Palm Sunday
Our Journey with Jesus begins on Palm Sunday in all four churches, when we remember his triumphant entry into Jerusalem, riding on a colt.
St. Mark’s 9.30am St. Martin’s 9.30am
St. Chad’s 11.00am St. Andrew’s 11.00am
Three Evening Easter Meditations (7.30pm)
Mon 2nd at St. Andrew’s – Does he know me?
Tues 3rd at St. Martin’s – Can he forgive Me?
Wed 4th at St. Mark’s – Does he love Me?
Maundy Thursday – St. Chad’s at 7.00pm
As we journey towards Jesus’ death, we remember how after sharing supper with his friends – he humbly washed their feet. Tickets are required for the Seder Supper. (To book contact Rev. Tim Stratford on 0151 547 2155 or email: email@example.com).
Good Friday – St. Martin’s at 2.00pm
Meditation – St. Andrew’s at 6.30pm
We pause for awhile in our Journey with Jesus, as we wait with him for one hour at foot of the cross.
Easter Eve Vigil – St. Andrews at 8.00pm
Our journey now moves from the darkeness of death into the light of new life.
Sunday 8th April – Easter Sunday
Our Journey takes a new direction as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus in all four of our churches in Kirkby.
St. Mark’s 9.30am St. Martin’s 9.30am St. Chad’s 11.00am St. Andrew’s 11.00am
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.