Jonathan Clatworthy from St Bride's and Modern Church is leading our new series of gatherings on the fourth Sunday evening each month. This series of talks and discussions in the context of a Communion service & pizza is exploring 'What's so special about religion?' Jonathan gave us the third instalment last Sunday reflecting on 'What's so special about the Bible?'.Read More
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Jonathan Clatworthy from St Bride's and Modern Church is leading our new series of gatherings on the fourth Sunday evening each month. This series of talks and discussions in the context of a Communion service & pizza is exploring 'What's so special about religion?' Jonathan gave us the second instalment last Sunday reflecting on 'What's so special about Jesus?'.Read More
On Monday 27th February, we hosted a well attended 'Dementia Awareness' session at St. Bride's, led by Jack, a friend of our own Gina Shaw, a church warden at St Bride's for many years.. It was lovely to see her again - her Dementia Awareness campaigning has made her a celebrity but she's still the same Gina!Read More
To mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, we invited Jo Jan Vandenheede, Pastor at the Gustaf Adolf Nordic Church in Park Lane, to preach at our Sunday morning service on Sunday 22nd January.
Here is his reflection on the readings: Psalm 133 and John. 15:1-9.Read More
TODAY is Holocaust Memorial Day - the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz which marked the end of the extreme prejudice and discrimination which led to the extermination of millions of Jews and other minorities.
Or did it?Read More
Jonathan Clatworthy from St Bride's and Modern Church is leading our new series of gatherings on the fourth Sunday evening each month. This series of talks and discussions in the context of a Communion service & pizza is exploring 'What's so special about religion?' Jonathan got us started last Sunday reflecting on 'What's so special about God?'Read More
On Wednesday 18th January, St. Bride's played host to an 'EA', Paul Clark. Paul explained to us that he was an 'Ecumenical Accompanier' who had been placed as an observer in East Jerusalem as part of a World Council of Church's programme.Read More
THIS ADVENT we have been reflecting on the theme of journeys, and hearing each week from members of our community.
On Sunday 11th December we heard a reflection from Margaret Nankabirwa, a former Commonwealth Games competitor from Uganda, who first came to Hope+ Food Bank in autumn 2015 with her partner Lydia. Together they are seeking asylum in the UK because their lives would be at risk if they return to Uganda.Read More
ON SUNDAY 27th November in our morning service we commemorated World AIDS Day - the global health awareness campaign to combat HIV, support people living with the virus and honour people who have died. Our church was decorated with red candles and ribbons for the occasion, and we heard a moving personal reflection from Martin Fenerty, manager of the Armistead Centre, a specialist sexual health service in Liverpool, on the theme of this year's campaign: 'HIV stigma: Not Retro, Just Wrong'.Read More
Today (Saturday 29th October) is the final day of Asexual Awareness Week (AAW). Now in its seventh year, AAW was created to celebrate asexual, aromantic, demisexual and grey-sexual pride and also to promote awareness.Read More
by Guy Elsmore - Originally posted on modernchurch.org.uk
The future Church
We often ask ourselves: ‘Does the church have a future?’ The trouble with that question is that it is rooted in the baggage of the existing institution and hence it is a philosophically conservative question. Perhaps the liberal paradigm might cause us to ask a far more exciting one: ‘Does the future have a church?’
KIERAN, one of our Local Missional Leaders with the Open Table ecumenical worship community for LGBTQIA+ Christians, writes:
The last two posts have told the experiences of members of the at this year's Liverpool Pride - Jen's first experience of walking with a Christian group in a Pride march, and Richard's experience of being on the Pride community stall. This post was inspired by the words of the visitors to the Open Table stall who left messages of love and thanks, wishes and prayers.
THIS IS a guest post by Richard Bibby-Brooke, a member of Open Table at St Bride's Liverpool, who writes about being on our community stall at Liverpool Pride for the first time:
When I offered to help look after the Open Table community stall at Liverpool Pride this year, I did not expect the experience to be quite so enriching and educational as it turned out to be.
THIS is a guest post by Jen Williams, a member of Open Table at St Bride's Liverpool, who writes about walking with a Christian group in a Pride march for the first time:
Basking in the sun, under a brightly coloured rainbow umbrella, donning a rainbow cape, and wearing a beautiful white t-shirt with the brand new Open Table logo, holding an image of the wonderful Paul Bayes, Anglican Bishop of Liverpool up proudly, I marched through the streets of Liverpool as a confident, gay, Christian woman at Pride last weekend.
by Guy Elsmore - Originally posted on modernchurch.org.uk
In the first article in this series, I outlined the dire attendance scenario the Church of England is facing in the coming years.
I made a pragmatic case for the liberal wing of the church to move from a general attitude of scepticism to one of constructive engagement with church growth, then offered suggestions as to some areas of strength which liberals might bring to bear to the work of growing churches.
In this second article I shall look at some recent research on church growth, what it may have to tell us about the ways in which liberal churches might approach the task of seeking growth, and reflect back as I do so on some of the liberal strengths identified in the first article.Read More
Wake Up in Liverpool: Liverpool Festival of Spirituality 2016
A lecture at St. Bride’s, 18th April 2016, by Ray Simpson
Ray Simpson is Founding Guardian of the International Community of Aidan and Hilda and is a well known author. He lives on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, UK, where the Community has a base for resources, study and retreat.Read More
by Guy Elsmore - originally posted on modernchurch.org.uk
The Church is in trouble.
The Archbishops have written recently to all the clergy in the Church of England appealing for a national wave of prayer for evangelism in the week leading up to Pentecost 2016.
I recently ran into a colleague who leads a popular leadership training module which aims to support Church growth. He’s run off his feet with demand. ‘The Dioceses are desperate’, he confided.Read More