What's so special about the Bible?

What's so special about the Bible?

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?'. 

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Former Commonwealth sportswoman from Uganda seeking asylum in Liverpool

Former Commonwealth sportswoman from Uganda seeking asylum in Liverpool

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.

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World AIDS Day reflection

World AIDS Day reflection

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'.

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Can liberals embrace the Growth Agenda? Part 3 of 3

Can liberals embrace the Growth Agenda? Part 3 of 3

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?’

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Somewhere under the rainbow - Messages of love, thanks, wishes and prayers from Liverpool Pride

Somewhere under the rainbow - Messages of love, thanks, wishes and prayers from Liverpool Pride

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.

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Sharing the Open Table at Liverpool Pride

Sharing the Open Table at Liverpool Pride

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.

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Love is all we need - A Christian marching at Liverpool Pride

Love is all we need - A Christian marching at Liverpool Pride

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.

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Can liberals embrace the Growth Agenda? Part 2 of 3

Can liberals embrace the Growth Agenda? Part 2 of 3

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.

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Spirituality in the City

Spirituality in the City

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.

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Can liberals embrace the Growth Agenda? Part 1 of 3

Can liberals embrace the Growth Agenda? Part 1 of 3

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.

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