Maritime Art Exhibition

HMS Inglefield

The Waters Hear by Ali Harwood

The Waters Hear is a painting exhibition of ships built at Cammell Laird which served in the Battle of the Atlantic. It is part of a collection commissioned in 2020 by the Birkenhead company for their Battle of the Atlantic Memorial Room. Between 1939 and 1945, thousands of vessels were built or repaired on Merseyside, including HMS Prince of Wales, HMS Rodney and RMS Mauretania.

RMS Mauretania

The exhibition will remain on display in the Maritime Chapel, Liverpool Parish Church, until Sunday 6th September, Merchant Navy Day.

A longer note about the exhibition can be downloaded here.

Online National Worship

Rector at Seaforth

At the start of the pandemic the Church of England began to broadcast an online national act of worship every week. St Nick’s is the only church in the country to lead this service three times when Fr Crispin celebrates the Feast of St James on 25 July. The service focuses on Liverpool as a maritime city as we remember St James who was a fisherman.

You can watch the service here, or on the Church of England YouTube Channel here.

The Revd Canon Bill Addy

Canon Bill Addy

It is a great pleasure to report that after several COVID-related delays, Fr Bill Addy has now been installed as a Canon of Liverpool Cathedral following his appointment as Area Dean of Liverpool North Deanery.

We wish Bill all the best in this appointment and continue to enjoy his ministry at St Nick's.

Welcome Canon Bill!

New Associate Priest

We are delighted to announce that the Revd Tabitha Rao has been appointed as Associate Priest at Liverpool Parish Church (2 year post). She will be licensed at Choral Evensong on Sunday 6 June.

Tabitha writes about herself:

Tabitha Rao
"Born in South India, prior to my ordination I did my postgraduate studies in Microbiology and Immunology in India and Environmental Management at Liverpool Hope University. I trained for ordination at Cranmer Hall, Durham. After ordination in 2017 I served my curacy at St Bede with St Clement. I enjoy travel, good food and walks with a great cafe stop.

I am both honoured and delighted to be the interim Associate Priest of Liverpool Our Lady and St Nicholas. I look forward to getting to know you all and working with you to serve God in this place."


H R H The Duke of Edinburgh

Our prayers are with HM The Queen as the nation mourns HRH the Duke of Edinburgh. Prince Philip visited Liverpool Parish Church in July 2000 for a service and the unveiling of the Blitz Memorial Sculpture. Friday evening (9 April) our tenor rang ring 99 times in tribute to his life.

The Union flag will remain at half mast on our flagpole until the day of the funeral.”

COVID anniversary

Liverpool Together - COVID Anniversary

As the nation marks the anniversary of the first lockdown, there will be short acts of prayer and reflection in church on Tuesday 23 March at 10.45am, 12 noon and 3.00pm.

In addition Fr Crispin will be leading prayers from church in a broadcast event from Liverpool City Council and BBC Radio Merseyside.

New Curate in 2021

We are delighted to announce that in June 2021 we shall be joined by Assistant Curate Jenny Brady. Jenny will be a Self-Supporting Minister based at St Nick's but also contributing to the ministry of St Athanasius, Kirkdale. Jenny is a qualified social worker and was a lay reader within the Diocese before she began training on the All Saints' Scheme. Jenny will bring a great deal of experience and dynamism to our church life and we look forward to welcoming her next year as part of our clergy team.

Jenny Brady

"I am delighted to be joining the team at Our Lady and St Nicholas church to serve my curacy. I view this as an extremely important threshold in my ministry and it will be a privilege to become involved in the worshipping community at the Parish Church. I am married to Kevin and I have an adult daughter called Lily. I work for Liverpool City Council and I am excited about all that lies ahead. The photograph of me was taken at St Beuno’s in North Wales, a Jesuit Retreat House that I like to visit regularly."

Poetry Evening

Festive Poetry at Liverpool Parish Church

We are delighted to invite you to come together for an evening of poetry, on Saturday 12th December 2020 at 6.00 pm.

For further information or to request to read, please contact Victoria Ekpo and Ali Harwood directly or , or the church Facebook page here.

Tickets will be available to book on Eventbrite here.


Fr Fergus Butler-Gallie

Fr Fergus will be leaving before Christmas to take up the post as part of the clergy team at the Church of Holy Trinity, Sloane Square in the Diocese of London. He leaves Liverpool with a full but heavy heart and with huge gratitude to the clergy and people of St Nick’s for their infectious kindness, joy, and generosity of spirit over the last few years.

A return visit is promised as soon as restrictions are relaxed!

Please do pray for him as he takes up his new post and for the process of finding a successor.

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Songs of Praise

As part of Black History Month, Liverpool Parish Church features in BBC Songs of Praise on 25 October, as the programme explores the City and Church’s links with the trade in enslaved Africans.

Guest presenter Mark De-Lisser visits the International Slavery Museum. The programme will be broadcast on Sunday 25th October at 1.15 pm on BBC One.

Ian Wells

Organist Appointment

Following the announcement of the retirement of Dr Jim Wrightson as Organist at Liverpool Parish Church, we are delighted to announce that, following a recruitment process, Ian Wells has been appointed as Organist. Ian comes with great experience, including as Assistant Organist at Liverpool Cathedral until 2007, and then as Director of Music at Holy Trinity Church, Southport until 2017. Ian said, “ I am delighted and honoured to be taking up the post of Organist at Liverpool Parish Church. I am looking forward very much to joining the community at Our Lady and St Nicholas and continuing the excellent work of my predecessor, Dr Jim Wrightson.

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Black History Month

‘In setting forth, we may find ourselves.
In arriving, we may find home.’

An evening of poetry, music and fellowship took place on 3 October 2020. The line up evoked a sense of our common heritage, poetry that sings to our shared humanity, poetry that elevates and lifts us. This evening event continued the commemoration of the unveiling of a flagstone to Abell, an enslaved African, and the first recorded black resident of Liverpool buried in the parish churchyard on October 1st, 1717. You can follow the events from the livestream which is still available here.

Memorial Stone

Black History Month

The diverse heritage of Liverpool was recognised by the installation of a memorial stone at Liverpool Parish Church on Saturday 3 October, commemorating the first recorded black resident of the City. Historian Laurence Westgaph has traced the presence of a black community in Liverpool over the centuries, and the first recorded resident has been identified as Abell, an enslaved African, who was buried in the churchyard of Our Lady and St Nicholas on 1 October 1717. A memorial stone was unveiled by Cllr Anna Rothery, the first black Lord Mayor of Liverpool. The Rector of Liverpool, The Revd Canon Dr Crispin Pailing, said: “We cannot hide from our past, and there is no institution from this era of our history which is free from the taint of this horrific trade. We cannot give justice to Abell and other enslaved Africans, but we can give them the dignity of naming them when we can, and we can give them status within the history of our city.”

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V J Day - 15th August 2020

It was originally planned to host a special service of thanksgiving and commemoration in church on 15th August, as we did five years ago to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in the Far East. Continuing restrictions on public gatherings due to the pandemic meant that this could not happen in the original format.

Instead, in collaboration with the Merseyside Lieutenancy, a special 'socially distanced' pre-recorded service has been held and is now available to view online on the church's YouTube Channel. The link to view the service is provided here.

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St John Passion - 21st March

Unfortunately, due to public health concerns, it has become necessary to POSTPONE the liturgical performance of the St John Passion which was to have been offered on 21st March by the Liverpool Bach Collective.

It is emphasised that this is a postponement, not a cancellation, and a new date will be identified as soon as possible once the situation becomes clearer.

Thank you for your understanding.


Globoscope: Performance/Installation

As part of Liverpool’s nine-day Festival of light, sound and art: River of Light, St Nick’s Churchyard will be transformed by a work from French company Collectif Coin, returning to the UK after critically acclaimed shows in London last year.
Globoscope is an immersive work made up of a large number of luminous spheres. By means of this technological mechanism, Collectif Coin creates a digitised recreation of the space. Configured in harmony with the characteristics of the venue, each individual ‘point’ each ‘pixel’ in this landscape, is merged into an ensemble of sound and light movements that swirl through. Mathematics, sound and light are in this way used to represent, transform and expand a space, offering the viewer a surrealist stroll.
Globoscope is illuminated from 5 pm until 10 pm every evening throughout the Festival, 1st-9th November 2019.

Bill Addy

New Area Dean

Bishop Paul announced this morning (30 September) that following consultation with Deanery colleagues, he has asked Fr Bill Addy to be Area Dean of Liverpool North. We are delighted that Fr Bill will be able to bring his experience and leadership to our Deanery and also that he will continue his role at St Nicks. We all send our sincere congratulations to Fr Bill and assure him of our continuing prayers and support.

Peter Tatchell

An Evening with Peter Tatchell

Come and hear human rights activist Peter Tatchell talk about his life, his campaigns, the intersection of faith and LGBT, and the challenges of tomorrow. Opportunities for lively debate and engagement! An evening sponsored by Liverpool Parish Church, Open Table, GenSex.

Date/Time: Wednesday 16th October 2019, 6.30-8.30 pm.
Tickets (no charge) are avilable from the Eventbrite website here .

Oscar Wilde in the Garden

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Announcing ...

Two outdoor performances of

Oscar Wilde's

The Importance of Being Earnest

Saturday 27th July at 6.30 pm
Sunday 28th July at 2.30 pm

in the Church Gardens

Book your tickets on the Eventbrite website here .

Food and drink will be available at Ma Boyle's before each performance and during the interval.

Sir Philip Jones

First Sea Lord

On Tuesday 5 March we shall welcome Admiral Sir Philip Jones, the First Sea Lord, to address the business community at a special event in Church. Sir Philip will talk about the Royal Navy today, and also about Liverpool’s role in the ambassadorial role which the Navy plays across the world. For further details please contact the Parish Office.

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Ash Wednesday

We shall welcome the Archbishop of York, the Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu, who will preside at a Sung Eucharist on 6 March at 12.15pm. The service will be attended by the Catholic Archbishop of Liverpool, the Bishops of Liverpool and Warrington, and the Chair of the Methodist District. All are welcome. Later in the week we shall host an invitation-only Business Breakfast at which the Archbishop of York will speak on the subject of Leadership.

Icon Crucifix

New Icon

During our Ash Wednesday service our new icon will be blessed. The image of Jesus on the Cross has been painted by Romanian icon-writer Tatiana Nichita and given in memory of PC Neil Doyle. It has been installed behind the High Altar of the Church.

More details on the icon can be seen on the following page of the church website here

Shrove Tuesday Pancakes

As usual, our City Pancake Race will take place at 11am on Tuesday 5 March. Chefs from hotels and restaurants across the City will take part, racing twice around the perimeter of the Church Gardens. Come along and cheer them on.

Homelessness Conference

In collaboration with the Community Foundation Merseyside and the University of Liverpool, we are organizing a conference on the problem of homelessness in Liverpool. In particular, the conference will address how the private sector can share in addressing the problem. Speakers include the Mayor of Liverpool, the Metro Mayor, the Chief Constable, the CEO of Liverpool Football Club, and many others. Sign up and register for your place here .

Liverpool Plinth 2019

After the success of our first competition winner, Gold Lamé, the second year of our sculpture competition has been launched. If you or someone you know could fill our empty plinth with an existing sculpture then have a look at the details here and make your entry.

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INSPIRE is a call-to-action to create a movement of change for peace. Developed by Oasis UK, the aim of INSPIRE is to empower young people not only to learn from the past, but to choose to engage courageously with the present so that the future can be different. Using this year’s centenary of the end of WW1, we want to call young people across the UK and Ireland to take a stand for peace On the morning of Friday 9th November 2018, two days before Armistice Day, there will be a series high-profile, simultaneous INSPIRE events that will take place in cathedrals, churches and other major public venues around the UK and Ireland, designed for children and young people. The host venue for the flagship INSPIRE event in Liverpool is Liverpool Parish Church, and it will involve participation from a number of schools from across Liverpool, as well as a creative partnership with Wirral Methodist Circuit’s The Hope Journey (

To find out more, please contact Dr Louis Johnson at Liverpool Parish Church, and check out the Oasis/INSPIRE website:

EMAE Tolentino

EMAE Orchestra in Residence

We are delighted to announce that the main orchestra from the Charity ‘Early Music as Education’ is to become our Orchestra in Residence. As well as using Liverpool Parish Church as a rehearsal venue, there will be occasional concerts and liturgical performances. EMAE is a registered charity based in Merseyside that promotes the cultural, social and economic value of early music through regular educational, recreational and scholarly activities. (

MV Derbyshire Sculpture

MV Derbyshire Memorial Garden and Sculpture

At a special service at on Saturday 15 September a memorial was unveiled to commemorate the 44 lives lost on the MV Derbyshire when it sank in the South China Seas on 9 September 1980. The Derbyshire was a Liverpool ship, crewed by Liverpool seafarers, and owned by Bibby Line. She remains the biggest British registered merchant ship ever to have been lost at sea. The Garden was opened by Lord Prescott of Hull and dedicated by the Rt Revd Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool. Lord Prescott of Kingston-upon-Hull said, “The loss of the MV Derbyshire and her crew caused great grief to the relatives and the community. The remarkable 20 year campaign by the Derbyshire Family Association for the ‘real’ truth is commemorated in this wonderful Memorial Garden and its sculpture.” The Revd Dr Crispin Pailing, Rector of Liverpool, said, “The loss of the MV Derbyshire has had a profound effect on maritime shipping across the world, but for the last 38 years we have supported the families, where the effect of the sinking made a tragic impact on households across Liverpool. The sculpture is a fitting tribute to the men and women lost on that day.”

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A Church for the City

This month a new permanent exhibition goes on display in the Narthex, charting the history of Liverpool Parish Church from the 13th century to the present day. The exhibition illustrates how the church and the city have always been interwoven in their existence, and material on display for the first time illustrates how the church was at the heart of politics and social welfare over the centuries.

Plinth Sculpture

Liverpool Plinth

On 12 June we unveiled the first sculpture on the Liverpool Plinth. Gold Lamé is a striking sculpture that challenges the perceptions of disability in society. The installation is by disabled sculptor and artist Tony Heaton and is based on the famous Invacar - a small, blue, one-seater vehicle given to disabled people during the 1960s and 1970s. Sprayed gold and suspended vertically above the plinth, the sculpture reclaims the word lame and confronts negative stereotyping of disabled people the vehicle represented. More information about this and other artistic projects at St Nick’s can be found on the 'Music and Arts' page of this website.

Sir William Gladstone

Sir William Gladstone RIP

We are sad to hear of the death of the Patron of Liverpool Parish Church, Sir William Gladstone Bt KG. Sir William's great grandfather, the late Prime Minister, bought the right to appoint Rectors of Liverpool in 1890, and this has been passed down through the family. Sir William has been a friend and support to Rectors for many decades, and a great advocate for the Church. The Patronage of the Church now passes to Sir Charles Gladstone of Fasque and Balfour, the 8th baronet.

Fergus Butler-Gallie

New Curate

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Fergus Butler-Gallie as Assistant Curate at Liverpool Parish Church from June 2018.   Born in Kent, he read History and Czech/Slovak at St John's College, Oxford before studying for Holy Orders at Westcott House and Emmanuel College, Cambridge.  He's really excited about moving to Liverpool and playing a full part in such a vibrant and interesting worshipping community.

Fergus says, “I'm particularly looking forward to being at the centre of one of the most exciting cities on earth and the myriad opportunities for ministry that St Nicks' fantastic location brings.  I've been inspired by the work Fr Crispin, the other clergy and laity are engaged in and can't wait to get stuck in.”

Fergus will be ordained deacon by the Bishop of Liverpool in the Cathedral on Sunday 24th June 2018. (posted on 14 January)

Liverpool Plinth

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new sculpture project, the ‘Liverpool Plinth’.  A competition is now open for submissions to fill the empty plinth at St Nick’s which overlooks Chapel Street.  The plinth originally housed Brian Burgess's Christ on a Donkey but has now been empty for over a decade.  The new project, in collaboration with local gallery dot-art and also the Liverpool BID Company, is inspired by the ‘Fourth Plinth’ in Trafalgar Square.   An overview of the project is on the BBC Website here. (posted on 15 October)

Black History in Liverpool

As a port city, Liverpool claims one of the oldest black populations in the UK.  The history of the city is also bound up with the transportation of enslaved Africans.   Sunday 1st October 2017 marks the three hundredth anniversary of the first written record of a black resident of Liverpool.   There is an entry in our registers of the burial In the churchyard of our church of Abell, who was enslaved to a Mr Rock.   The date in the registers is 1st October 1717.  (posted on 26 September)

Freedom of the City for 208 Battery

In a service in church at 10am on Saturday 14th October 208 Battery (103 Regiment) will be admitted to the Freedom Roll of Associations of the City of Liverpool, with the right to bear arms in the City.   At the end of the service the Battery will march with bayonets fixed through the city before an inspection at Exchange Flags.  (posted on 26 September)

Lord Mayor’s Civic Service

We shall celebrate and bless Cllr Malcolm Kennedy’s year of office as Lord Mayor of Liverpool in a Civic Service at 11.45am on Sunday 29 October.   The theme of the service will be Regeneration, reflecting the work that Cllr Kennedy has done during his time on the Council.   The preacher will be the Revd Bill Addy.  (posted on 26 September)

Bill Addy

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.

John O'Connell

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.

Community Choir

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 email

The Grail Boat, a wooden sculpture from 500 yr old English Oak.

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.


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