LightNight 2017: Step Ladder / Charcoal Heather
Liverpool Biennial presents two new time-based works by Associate Artists Frances Disley and Stephen Sheehan for LightNight 2017. Friday 19 May, 7.30-9.30 pm. Free - drop in.
Stephen Sheehan presents Step Ladder, a durational performance for which the artist will climb and descend a ladder at the centre of a continuously revolving train under the rhythmic sound of St Nick's church bells. Sheehan takes the definition of time as his inspiration: "the indefinite continued progress of existence regarded as a whole". The performance takes place from 7.30pm until 9pm.
Frances Disley’s Charcoal Heather / Therma-Sphere Max invites the audience to become immersed in a new artwork – an “expanded painting” – which will emerge in the cinema room. Inspired by mindfulness techniques, the artist will guide you on a sensory journey through the use of texture, smell and sound. The performance starts at 9pm.
New Priest at St Nick's
We are delighted to announce that the Revd Bill Addy will be joining our clergy team after Easter as an Assistant Priest (Self-Supporting Minister). Bill is known to many in the Church, and he has been a friend and colleague to us at St Nick’s in his role as Chief Executive of the Liverpool BID Company. Bill has been serving in the Mossley Hill Team and has had special responsibility for St Barnabas, Penny Lane. His move to St Nick’s will enable him to connect his ‘day job’ with his priestly ministry and we look forward to welcoming Bill and his wife Pauline in May.
Monthly Classical Guitar Performances
Starting on 23 February, guitarist John O’Connell will be performing classical repertoire at St Nick’s between 1pm and 2pm on the last Thursday of the month (and on the first Thursday at the Metropolitan Cathedral). John was known for many years as part of the Liverpool band Groundpig. He now concentrates on a solo career, and has toured the UK with his project ‘Simply Dylan’. John enjoys the opportunity to play classical guitar, and all are invited to attend these free performances. No booking necessary.
Noel Chavasse VC and bar
This summer marks the centenary of the death of Capt Noel Chavasse, the son of the Bishop of Liverpool who was twice awarded the Victoria Cross. The first memorial service for Captain Chavasse took place at St Nick’s on 29 August 1917.
A centenary service, led by the current bishop, will take place on 29 August 2017. (posted on 31 January)
Soul in the Machine – 15 June
We are delighted to welcome the Saltmine Trust with their production of The Soul in the Machine – a play commissioned by the YMCA. The performance will be at St Nick’s on Thursday 15 June. More information about the play here. Please contact the Parish Office in May about tickets. (posted on 31 January)
Every year we support adults and young people as they make their commitment of faith and receive the blessing of the Holy Spirit at Confirmation. This year we welcome the Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Revd Paul Bayes, to St Nick’s for a service of Confirmation on Pentecost Sunday (4 June). If you are interested in being confirmed at this service then please contact the clergy. (posted on 31 January)
75 Years since the Fall of Singapore
A congregation led by the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside will join us to commemorate 75 years since the Fall of Singapore and the service of the armed forces in the Far East in the war at 11am on Wednesday 15 February. All are welcome at this service. (posted on 31 January)
Greater Churches Network
Liverpool Parish Church has been elected to membership of the Greater Churches Network. The group was founded in 1991 as an informal association of non-cathedral churches which, by virtue of their great age, size, historical, architectural, or ecclesiastical importance, display many of the characteristics of a cathedral. Most churches in the group also fulfil a role which is additional to that of a normal parish church. More information can be found here. (posted on 31 January)
City Photography Exhibition
From 16th – 25th November there will be a photographic exhibition in church of entries shortlisted in “This Commercial District in Focus”, a competition run by the Liverpool BID Company. The competition has been open to all residents and employees in the area throughout September and October. The exhibition is open to the public every day. Competition winners will be chosen by a panel of four judges but there will also be an open public vote throughout the duration of the exhibition for a ‘People’s Choice’ winner (to be announced Friday 25th November). (posted on 14 November)
St Nick’s to host DaDaFest performance
DaDaFest is an innovative disability arts organisation based in Liverpool, delivering the Festival and other arts events to promote high quality disability & deaf arts from unique cultural perspectives. The 2016 festival runs from 17th November until 3rd December. This year we are pleased to host performances in Church of “Guide Gods” by performer Claire Cunningham. The performances will take place on Thursday 1st December. Claire will explore the response to disability by faith communities through dance, music and humour. For more information, including how to order tickets, follow the link: here (posted on 10 November)
Honouring war allies who died in Liverpool
During the war a number of Dutch/Indonesian military personnel were buried in Walton Park Cemetery, which falls under the jurisdiction of Liverpool Parish Church. Working with the Dutch War Graves organisation, Oorlogs Graven Stichting, and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission a Dutch Army Remains Team came over to Liverpool in April. They positively identified the grave sites and the hedge and fencing over the graves were removed. New headstones have now been erected over the graves of Dutch and Indonesian service personnel. At a special service on Thursday 10 November the Rector of Liverpool, together with an Imam from the Abdullah Quilliam Mosque, will dedicate these new headstones in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, friends from Mersey Mission to Seafarers, and representatives of the Netherlands and Indonesia. (posted on 4 November)
After over 70 years we are replacing our chairs! Our current chairs were acquired second hand in 1943 for the temporary church built in the ruins of St Nick’s, and their numbers are decreasing as age takes its toll. We are giving the congregation and friends of St Nick’s a chance to donate towards the cost of the new chairs. We are asking for £100 a chair, which includes the opportunity of an inscription on a small plaque on each chair (this might be your name or company, or in memory of someone). You can download a form here, or contact the Parish Office for a paper version. We hope that the new chairs will be in place by December, so please make your donation as soon as possible! (posted on 2 September)
Lord Mayor’s Civic Service 2016
This year’s Lord Mayor’s Civic Service will take place on Sunday 23rd October at Liverpool Parish Church. Cllr Roz Gladden, Lord Mayor of Liverpool, will lead worshippers in a service reflecting the place of charities in Liverpool today. As well as choral music from the Church’s choir, St Nicholas’ Singers, music will be provided by the Brain Charity Choir, and a short address will be given by Steve Hawkins, Chief Executive of Local Solutions. The sermon will be preached by the Rector of Liverpool. (posted on 19 August)
Hate Crime Week October 2016
Led by Andy Cooke QPM, Chief Constable of Merseyside, and in the presence of civic and community leaders from across the region, Merseyside Police will be launching National Hate Crime Awareness Week in an event at Liverpool Parish Church on Sunday 9 October. The focus of this annual campaign is to highlight the presence of hate crime directed against members of different communities. This year speakers will include Holocaust Survivor Zigi Shipper, and Gee Walker, whose son Anthony died as a result of hate crime.
We are delighted to announce the launch of a Community Choir at St Nick’s, in the heart of the professional and business district of the city. The choir will meet on Wednesdays from 5.30pm until 7pm and is open to all – whether or not they have any experience of singing! The choir will be led by professional musician Lynne Rogers, and is run in collaboration with the Liverpool BID Company. For more information contact the Church Office on 0151 236 5287 or e-mail email@example.com.
Merchant Navy Day 2016
This year’s Merchant Navy Day service will take place at 12 noon on Sunday 4th September in the presence of civic leaders from across the region and representatives of the Merchant Navy, the Royal Navy, and the Royal Canadian Navy. After the service in Church, a pipe band from Sea Cadets will lead the congregation to the Merchant Navy Memorial at the Pier Head. The Rector of Liverpool said, “The Merchant Navy has been the life-blood of this City for generations, and we owe much to their work and dedication. The Seafarers’ Church is an important place within the community, and I am delighted that we continue to celebrate the place of the Merchant Navy within our national and city life.”
Exhibitions in Church 2016
Two exhibitions are launched in church this summer. We are delighted to display a wooden sculpture from 500 yr old English Oak. The Grail Boat reflects the legend that Joseph of Arimathea brought the grail to England: as well as connecting with the seafaring connections of St Nick’s, the artist hopes to convey a sense of journey, both past and future. Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Liverpool Blitz, a new exhibition in the north aisle plots some of the history of St Nick’s in the war, giving a snapshot of the Liverpool Blitz and its aftermath.