Churches across the country will be holding services and events to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War on Monday 4th August 1914. Across the Diocese of Liverpool, churches will be remembering the war and the people whose lives it touched with vigils, services and exhibitions.
Bishop Richard Blackburn, the Bishop of Warrington said "Like so many I will be taking time on Monday to pause, reflect and pray as we mark the centenary of the start of hostilities in WW1. As conflicts continue around the world and so many suffer the horrors of war we salute those in previous generations who fought for the ideal that there would be an end to all fighting. My prayer is we continue to honour their sacrifice and work towards a lasting peace between all nations and all faiths.”
Below is a list of the services we have already been made aware of. Please let us know if you have an event to add by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 3rd August
WW1 Exhibition currently in Abram St John the Evangelist Parish Church. Ends on Sunday with music from The Farnworth and Walkden Brass Band at the Centenary Garden at 2pm and the memorial unveiling at 3pm.
WW1 Centenary Service at Sefton St Helens at 10.45am.
Mass of Remembrance Sunday 3rd August at 10:30am Church of the Holy Spirit, Dovecot
Monday 4th August
Ormskirk Parish Church, is open 10.00am – 7.00pm for reflection, remembrance and prayer. 7.30 pm Vigil Service. An Ecumenical Service In the presence of The Bishop of Warrington. Everyone welcome. 10.00pm – 11.00 pm A gesture of remembrance at the War memorial in Coronation Park Ormskirk to acknowledge the last hour of peace in 1914.
WW1 Commemorations at Christ Church Walton Breck . 9.30 pm - 11.15 pm. Free open air community event and vigil.
WW1 Vigil at Holy Trinity Church Wavertree. The church will be open for quiet reflection and times of prayer at 9.00pm, 10.00pm and 10.50pm.
Churches in Kirkby are joining together in a Candle-lit Vigil to commemorate 100 years since the outbreak of WW1. The vigil service starts at St. Chad's Church at 7.30pm and will finish at the war memorial in St. Chad's grounds. Clergy and leaders from the RC , CofE and Non Denominational churches will be present. Young people from our cadet forces and the ecumenical choir will also be taking part in the service. There is an opportunity for everyone to write down the names of their friends and family who have served or are still serving in the armed forces in a new 'Kirkby Roll of Honour' book.
Throughout the day Liverpool Parish Church, on Chapel Street opposite the Liver Building, will be open for people to call in and mark the event. There will be a special display before the altar based on the poppies which grew on the battlefields and an opportunity for all to participate in remembering a watershed in the history of human conflict. The lunchtime service at 12.15pm will reflect the theme of the day, with prayers offered for those who died in the Great War.