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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.


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.

Tim & Jen

St. Chad's, Kirkby
St. Chad's at sunset

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.

Tim & Jen reprise their wedding cake


Jayne's Ordination

Jayne with Bishop RichardOn Sunday 10th June, Jayne VanDenBerg-Owens will be ordained as a priest in Liverpool Cathedral. This will be an exciting moment in Jayne’s ministry, and the cathedral will be packed for the occasion.

We will be travelling down to the cathedral from Kirkby together, and then in the evening, Jayne will preside for the first time at a service of Holy Communion in St. Martin’s Church, in Southdene, followed by a party to celebrate!

It’s hard to believe that it’s already a year since Jayne came to Kirkby. Although she has been part of our parish life since last summer, she keeps bumping into old friends who she knows from growing up here. We think this makes her feel at home here, rather than making her feel old!

Jayne with Bishop Richard

Rev. Andy Heber

Andy Heber with his new Home Communion setSunday 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.

He will be licensed into his new parishes on Thursday 14th June.Some of the many people present for Andy's leaving do

Some photographs from the evening are on our Facebook site – why not have a browse and ‘like’ the page while you’re there?

Anniversary of the Last Supper

Chalice & Paten

An important part of the life of our churches is to walk in the steps of Jesus through Holy Week (the week before Easter). Doing this helps Christian people to identify themselves as part of Jesus’ story. This is a week that led to his sacrifice and execution on a cross. By walking in his footsteps his followers are able to renew themselves to a life of love even to the point of self-sacrifice.

Maundy Thursday is the day in Holy Week when Jesus’s Last Supper is remembered. The occasion on which he took bread and wine bidding his followers to remember him each time they break bread and drink wine in the future. Out of this occasion has sprung the regular practice of Holy Communion in the Christian church. A constant reminder in the church of our call to walk in Christ’s footsteps and to be more Christ-like.

This year members of our churches met in St Chad’s over a meal reminiscent of the Passover, as the Last Supper was itself a Passover banquet. During the meal bread and wine were shared as a special act of Holy Communion in a context perhaps more like Jesus’s own context than our normal weekly Communion services. It transported the diners into Jesus story. The great reredos at St Chad’s depicts the Last Supper and Institiution of Holy Communion and this occasion was as if we were in the picture.

Thanks to all our helpers who catered for over 60 people on the evening: Claire, Jean, Brenda, Joyce, Edie, Doris, Paula and Jen.

This was one of a number of events through Holy Week that helped the church community in Kirkby commit themselves further to be a part of Jesus’s story.

Church set for a banquet
Church set for a banquet.
The banquet
The banquet - Communion and Passover.



Hillsborough Reflection Service

Flowers on sale in Liverpool City Centre just as news of Hillsborough was filtering through on the florist's radio

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.

Reflections Service
Sunday 15th April, 6.30pm
St Andrew’s Church, off Shevington’s Lane.











Week of Prayer for Christian Unity


We will be celebrating this week again with the other churches in Kirkby from Monday 23rd to Saturday 28th January.

The material has been produced by Polish churches and is on the subject of change. A short reflective service will take place at 9am every morning (replacing the normal 8:30am Morning Prayer) in the following churches:

Monday: St. Chad’s

Tuesday: Lifegate

Wednesday: St. Michael and All Angels

Thursday: St. Mary’s

Friday: St. Joseph’s

Saturday: St. Andrew’s.

There will also be a Celebration Service at 7:30pm on Thursday 26th January in St. Martin’s Church. Do come along and pray for the unity of our churches.

Christmas Services and Events 2011

ChristingleSchool Christingle Services on Friday 2nd December
11.00am at St Chad’s, Millbrook School
2.40pm at St Chad’s, Kirkby CE School

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

Carol Concert
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

Holly in the snow