Churches across Diocese ready to give a warm welcome

Churches across the Diocese are preparing to welcome people Back to Church this Sunday.

Churches across the Diocese of Liverpool are preparing to welcome people Back to Church this Sunday.

More than 90 churches across the Diocese have signed up to take part. These include:

Ormskirk Parish Church, which as well as handing out invitations in the local community, has sent invitations to everyone who has held a baptism or been married at the church in the last three years. Those who come to the 9.45 service on September 25th will be welcomed with tea, coffee and biscuits before the service starts.

St Barnabas on Penny Lane, which is combining Back to Church Sunday with Harvest celebrations. The church is inviting the local community to a Teddy Bears Ploughman's picnic after a celebratory service at 10.30am. It has also engaged with local high street stores to launch ‘Harvest on the High Street,’ one of the first urban Harvest partnership initiatives in the country.

St Hilda’s Hunts Cross will hold a Back to Church Sunday service at 11.00am on the 25th September and refreshments will be served in the Church hall following the service. It will also hold a 'Messy Church' event on the same afternoon from 4.00pm - 6.00pm in the Church Hall. All families are welcome to come along and 'get messy' at the event which includes crafts, singing, food and more. The Messy Church event is completely free but children must be accompanied by an adult.

St George's Church in Everton has taken invitations into The Beacon School and sent them to people who have had baptisms or weddings at the church, as well as inviting the families of children who attended their ‘Messy Mondays’ over the summer. The service at 11am on Sunday will be All Age Worship. People who come along on the day will also be invited to a START course to find out more about the Christian faith, and to a monthly event in the local pub, where people can drop in, ask questions and discuss any issues regarding Christianity.

Bishop Richard also did an interview with the Liverpoool Echo and sent letters to local papers across the Diocese, giving people an open invitation to come back to church.

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What do our clergy say about Back to Church Sunday?

Rev David Eastwood from St Helens Parish Church is also welcoming people back to Church this Sunday. He said, “We hope that those who do attend will find the church of today an exciting and welcoming place to be, and a community that they are happy to be a part of. I think many people will be surprised at how it has changed. Church today is very much about doing rather than sitting in a pew and listening.

“This year we have really been encouraging the congregation to invite their family and friends - it only takes one person inviting another person to church to double our numbers!”