St Bridget's Parish Church serves the small town of West Kirby, on the Dee estuary.

The Church was founded by Christian Vikings from Ireland, so we have a thousand years of experience of bringing people the good news of the love of God revealed in Jesus Christ. People who come into St Bridget's today still encounter God's love in the beautiful, holy building and in reflective worship and stimulating preaching. We are trying to represent the Church of England at its best.

 

COVID-19

Throughout the pandemic we have been serving our community and providing worship and pastoral care.

Please help us to keep in touch – if you know of any parishioners who might need support because of illness, or bereavement, or any other reason, please let us know via the Parish Office on tel. 0151 625 2739 or email   office@stbridgetschurch.org.uk

The Churchwardens at our churches can be contacted in an emergency by telephoning 0151 625 2389 or 0151 625 1636 (St Bridget's) or 0151 342 0141 or 0151 625 8510 (Caldy)

Our website contains details of how to join others online for prayer, worship, study, and community life.

Facebook: @StBridgetsChurchWestKirby           

Twitter: @StBandCaldy

We are now able to offer Holy Communion at all our morning services:  at 8am in St Bridget's and at 10am in St Bridget's and Caldy Church.

We have been looking at all the safety measures we will need to take.  We won't be able to offer wine.  Communion will be 'in one kind' - but that will not make it less 'valid'!  When it comes to the distribution of Communion, we will be invited to come up to the altar one at a time and receive an individual wafer.

The service will be provided on Zoom at 10am as 'Spiritual Communion'.  As the priest receives the bread and wine, we will all join in with a prayer that makes the celebration our own Communion.  This is an authorised practice of the Church of England.  See the current news sheet (link below) for details of how to join.

If you come to church, you’ll be asked to observe social distancing, sanitise your hands and give your contact details as you come in. National guidance strongly advises us to wear face coverings.

St Bridget’s church is open for private prayer 2.30pm - 3.30pm   Tuesdays and Fridays

 

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?  click to see topics in discussion

Annual Report and Accounts Year ended 31st December 2019

Review 2019

 

click here. to download the upcoming Sermon.  click here for previous sermon.  click here for Worship/Service sheet   click here for A service of Holy Communion     click here for the News Sheet   Click here for 'Thought for the Week' click here for  Caldy Sermon click here for J.Bowers thoughts

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Ray tells the story of 'Hopeful the Frog' click:  https://youtu.be/MmiEXErzDo8

"Heart to Heart Meditation for the COVID Crisis No1"   https://youtu.be/oTYEkruI2t0​

"Heart to Heart Meditation for the COVID Crisis No2"   https://youtu.be/mBkavq6ZYy8 

"Heart to Heart Meditation for the COVID Crisis No3".  https://youtu.be/ZPKFh_g7C0U

Click here for a message from our new Rector Revd Alex Williams 

Barnabas Fund click here for information and to support 

St Bridget's, West Kirby and Caldy Church take the safety of everyone within our churches very seriously, and expects that everyone will work within the safeguarding policy of the Parish, a copy of which can be found on our noticeboards. 

In particular, the Parish expects anyone who becomes aware of a safeguarding risk with children or vulnerable adults, or an actual abuse, to raise this immediately with the person(s) with responsibility for safeguarding within the Parish. 

The Safeguarding Co-ordinator for the Parish is Bethan Halpenny, contacted on 07837 755214     bethanhc@live.co.uk

Alternatively, contact Pauline Butterfield (the Diocesan Safeguarding Officer) on 01928-718834 Ext 221 

Click here to view the Past Cases Review procedure

 

In May 2012 we opened the new St Bridget's Centre, which in normal times is available for bookings.  However, the Centre is closed at the moment.

There are strong links with the excellent Church Primary School next door.

We have many weddings, baptisms and funerals each year - click here for contact details if you wish to enquire.

Caldy Church is the daughter Church of St Bridget's, and has served Caldy Village in the name of Jesus Christ for a hundred years.

We are an Inclusive Church, a Fair Trade Parish and an Eco-Congregation.

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Prayer for the week

Lord of creation, whose glory is around and within us: open our eyes to your wonders, that we may serve you with reverence and know your peace at our lives' end, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Thought for the week

Reflecting on Forgiveness. The recent media coverage of the anniversary of VJ Day reminded me of Doug. He was a Reader at Elstow Abbey in Bedford where I served my Curacy. Doug was stooped and frail and needed an arm to guide him safely down the aisle at the start and end of every service. I have no idea how old he was, but I expect he looked older than his years. Doug had been a prisoner of war in Changi, one of the most notorious Japanese POW camps. A great many of his friends had died in captivity and for those like Doug who survived, the nightmares returned to haunt their sleep, even in old age. Each August, the Abbey would host the annual service of FEPOW (Far East Prisoners of War Association) and the church would fill with gentlemen like Doug and their families. To hear Doug preach on these occasions was a privilege. To listen to a man who had suffered in such a cruel and inhumane way at the hands of his captors, speak with gentleness of love, forgiveness and reconciliation was a revelation. On one such occasion, Doug told a very moving story of how, after their release, the train that he and other ex-prisoners were travelling on stopped by chance next to a train carrying badly wounded Japanese soldiers. Doug and the others left their train and went to minister to the injured Japanese soldiers, the very same men who for years had treated them so cruelly. The text for Doug’s sermon that particular day came from St Matthew’s Gospel. It was ‘love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you’ When it comes to forgiveness Jesus set the benchmark very high. Forgiveness and the need to forgive was at the heart of his teaching. And yet, so often we struggle with it. Forgiveness is such an easy word to say, but not such an easy state to achieve. If by any chance you find yourself struggling to bring yourself to forgive someone who has hurt you or to love someone who you find impossible to get along with, then I hope Doug’s story might inspire you to at least have another try. Martin Luther King once said that forgiveness is that experience which allows the Holy Spirit to return to us and enliven us again. If we want to be enlivened then we need to pray for the vision to be able, like Doug, to turn the hurts in our past into the stepping stones into the future and for God’s healing and reconciling presence to work in us and through us. Mary Railton-Crowder