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.
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.
ACT Drama Group produced the unseasonal Easter Panto over a weekend in May – a surrealist plot had the Easter Bunny on strike, an Irish Leprechaun with a Geordie accent, the tooth fairy in a disturbing tutu, and a hen-pecked Father Christmas!
More photos to follow.
Thought I’d add a few pics too. Never seen anything quite like it. Well done to all who took part and kept smiling.
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
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Tower Hill Community Carol Service
Tuesday 13th December at 6:30pm at the Community Centre, Ebony Way
Town Centre Carol Service
Saturday 17th December at 11am at the Bandstand
with the Band of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment
Saturday 17th December, 6.45pm at St Chad’s
Admission charges apply £2 children, £4 adults
Morning Carol Service
Sunday 18th December, 11.00am at St Mark’s
Carols by Candlelight in the Chancel
Sunday 18th December, 6.30pm at St Chad’s
Carols by Candlelight at St Martin’s and St Andrew’s
Sunday 18th December, 6.30pm
Crib Service (For youngsters and their families)
Christmas Eve, 2.00pm at St Mark’s, 4.00pm in St Chad’s and in St Andrew’s
The First Communion of Christmas
Christmas Eve, 9.00pm at St Mark’s
Midnight Communion Services on Christmas Eve
11.00pm at St Andrew’s
11.30pm at St Martin’s and St Chad’s
Christmas Morning Services
Holy Communion: 10.00am at St Andrew’s, St Chad’s and St Martin’s
Family Service: 10.00am at St Mark’s
There will be no Tuesday morning Communion at St Chad’s on 27th December
New Year’s Day Services
9.30am Holy Communion at St Mark’s and St Martin’s
11.00am Holy Communion at St Chad’s and St Andrew’s
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.