Welcome!

Welcome to the website of the Kirkby Team Ministry – the Church of England in Kirkby. We are three churches, St. Chad’s, St. Martin’s, and St. Andrew’s, that together serve the parish of Kirkby, Merseyside.

To find your way about the site, please use the menu above. Contact and location information are in the ‘Information’ menu, and Sunday service times are linked from the home page, as well as under each individual church.

We look forward to meeting you!

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.

Services

Everyone is welcome to attend our regular worship services in the parish.

Sunday Worship

St. Martin’s have their main Eucharist at 9.30am, with a family service on the last Sunday of the month at 10am as well.

St. Andrew’s and St. Chad’s have their main Eucharist at 11am.

St. Chad’s (at 11am) have an All Age Service on the first Sunday of the month.

Our evening worship services vary through the month. More information here.

Midweek Services

There are regular Eucharists at St. Martin’s, 10am on Tuesdays, St. Chad’s, 9:45am on Wednesdays, and St. Andrew’s, 7pm on Wednesdays. These almost always happen, but it may be worth checking beforehand if it’s the first time you’ve been.

We also meet for morning prayer Mondays – Thursdays at 9am in different churches – if you’d like to join us, please contact us to find out where we are!

Easter Services in Kirkby

Come and join us this Easter time!

Good Friday
10am Family Service at St. Martin’s Church, Southdene
10am Stations of the Cross at St. Andrew’s Church, Tower Hill
2pm Hour at the Cross at St. Chad’s Church, Kirkby
Easter Eve
8.30pm Vigil Service at St. Andrew’s Church, Tower Hill
Easter Day
9.30am Eucharist with First Communion at St. Martin’s Church, Southdene
11am Eucharist at St. Andrew’s Church, Tower Hill
11am Eucharist with First Communion at St. Chad’s Church, Kirkby

St. Chad’s secures National Lottery support

We’re delighted to be able to announce that St. Chad’s has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £199,800 for an exciting heritage project, ‘Repairing the roof, bringing our community together, and sharing our artistic treasures’. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project focuses on preserving the building of St. Chad’s for future generations, opening it up to people from the community of Kirkby, and helping us to understand the incredible works of art that are in the building. We are hopeful that the building work will start later this spring, and be complete before Christmas, and there will be an ongoing programme that explores the building and significance over the next 12-18 months or so. The church will remain open throughout the works.

The current church building will be 150 years old in 2021, and we are very much looking forward to celebrating the century and a half that it has been a key part of the community, an icon of the town. Part of this is work on the stone work at the west end of the church, and to the nave roof – the longest section – to ensure that the building will be around for many years to come. But we also know that the building is under-used. We want more people to enjoy this historic part of Kirkby, and to understand the national importance of so much of the building. To this end, we will be putting on heritage events, installing information points within the church and online, and curating a community history project to produce a booklet with some of the story of the church and its town.

There has been a church in Kirkby for a thousand years or so – the mention of Kirkby in the Domesday book as Cherchebi, the place by the Church, tells us that. The font that is housed in St. Chad’s is similarly ancient, of Norman origin, and uniquely beautiful in its carvings. The Earl of Sefton built the current church between 1869-1871, and commissioned its stained glass windows, oak furniture, pipe organ and magnificent mosaic from leading artists and craftspeople of his time, not least from Henry Holiday, one of the leading artists of his day. Ever since, the people of Kirkby have adopted the church as their own, and it is a popular place for Christenings, Weddings and Funerals. The tower is visible from much of the town, and Kirkby residents know that they’re home when they see it.

Commenting on the award, Team Vicar, Rev. Philippa Lea, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players and are confident the project will create a fabulous opportunity for peope in Kirkby to discover this very special place.”

Christmas 2018

#FollowTheStar
Christmas Services in our churches

Come and join us for the most magical time of the year in our three beautiful church buildings.

Sunday, 16th December
6.30pm: St. Andrew’s Carol Service
6.30pm: St. Chad’s Carols by Candlelight

Sunday, 23rd December
6.30pm: St. Martin’s Carols by Candlelight

Christmas Eve, Monday, 23rd December
4pm: Crib Services @ St. Chad’s & St. Andrew’s
4.30pm: Christingle @ St. Martin’s
11.30pm: 1st Communion of Christmas @ St. Andrew’s, St. Chad’s & St. Martin’s

Christmas Day
10am: Christmas Communion @ St. Andrew’s, St. Chad’s & St. Martin’s

Easter 2018

You are very warmly invited to join us at any (or all!) of our Easter Services this year:

Maundy Thursday

7pm at St. Andrew’s

Good Friday

10am St. Martin’s Family Service
10.30am St. Andrew’s Way of the Cross
2pm Hour at the Cross @ St. Martin’s

Easter Eve

8pm Easter Vigil @ St. Chad’s

Easter Day

9.30am Celtic Communion @ St. Martin’s
11am Eucharists @ St. Andrew’s & St. Chad’s

Christmas 2017

Christmas Services in our churches

Come and join us for the most magical time of the year in our three beautiful church buildings.

Saturday, 16th December
6pm: Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment Band Concert @ St. Chad’s

Sunday, 17th December
6pm: St. Andrew’s Carol Service
6.30pm: St. Chad’s Carols by Candlelight
6.30pm: St. Martin’s Carols by Candlelight

Christmas Eve, Sunday, 24th December
9.30am: Eucharist @ St. Martin’s
11am: Eucharists @ St. Chad’s & St. Andrew’s
4pm: Crib Services @ St. Chad’s & St. Andrew’s
4.30pm: Christingle & Crib Service @ St. Martin’s
11pm: 1st Communion of Christmas @ St. Andrew’s
11.30pm: 1st Communion of Christmas @ St. Chad’s & St. Martin’s

Christmas Day
10am: Christmas Communion @ St. Chad’s & St. Martin’s
10.30am: Christmas Communion @ St. Andrew’s

Christmas in Kirkby

You are very warmly invited to any of our Christmas Services, happening in all four of our churches.

Sunday, 18th December

9.30am: St. Mark’s Christmas Service, @ The Scout Hut, Old Rough Lane

6.30pm: Carols by Candlelight in St. Chad’s, St. Andrew’s and St. Martin’s. Traditional and beautiful services of carols and readings. A magical Christmas experience.

Tuesday, 20th December

TANGO and Church in the Centre Christmas Service. 12pm in the Shop on Kennelwood Avenue.

Christmas Eve

4pm: Crib Services in St. Andrew’s and St. Chad’s: Children’s services to build the excitement for Christmas.

4pm: Christingle Service in St. Martin’s: Children’s service, building a Christingle with an orange, candle, sweets and ribbon to tell the Christmas story.

11.30pm: Midnight Communion in St. Martin’s, St. Chad’s and St. Andrew’s. Welcome Christmas in the traditional way!

Christmas Day

10am Christmas Services in all four churches!

The Light

A reflection for Holy Week

Light flickering,
batteries exhausted
candle guttering
bulb dying.

Light, limiting our horizons,
reducing our world
creating the terror of the dark,
closing in around us.

Light, missing, losing the path, hiding the way.
Light falling away quickly
Watching the lights disappear,
leaving behind an emptiness
a hole where they once were
and the darkness encroaching
drawing closer and stronger.

Lights, burnt into our retina, leaving the impossible shadows
that continue to appear in our vision, long after they’ve gone.
Longed for light, that can resolve the phantoms of the darkness
into reality.

Darkness that came with the extinguishing of the light.
Blackening the world, and leaving only the memory of the light
and hope.

Hope that the light will return
hope that the dawn will transform the landscape
lighting the path, banishing darkness
and resolving the shapes that terrify.
Hope – but for now, darkness.
The light is going, has gone.
But still, we hope.