Spirituality, Worship and Learning at St Brides
Sunday Morning 10am Service at St Bride’s
All are welcome at St Bride’s Sunday morning service. We meet at 10am, followed by coffee at 11am and sometimes a shared lunch afterwards.
Our service includes silence, song, creative prayer activities and discussion. We draw inspiration for our liturgies from the work of the Iona Community, Jim Cotter, the Progressive Christian Network, Bruce Sanguin, Inclusive Church, the St Hilda Community and more. First and third Sundays of the month are communion services, second and fourth Sundays are morning prayer, fifth Sundays are Taizé services. There is Godly Play, stories or craft for the young people in “The Greenhouse” and occasionally we break the pattern and have an all age service. Check the postings on the front page for information of services for the coming month.
We aim to be a safe, welcoming and inclusive space where faith can be explored in a non judgemental and open way with an emphasis on the value of questions, rather than cut & dried answers. There is a strong emphasis on building a community equipped for radical action for peace work, LGBT equality and a pluralist approach to peoples of all faiths and none. Contact Guy Elsmore for more information email@example.com
Sunday Evenings through the month at St Bride’s
On the first Sunday of each month, our Christian Meditation Community meets at 6.30pm
A chance to learn and practise Christian Meditation. We particularly draw inspiration from the work of John Main and the World Community for Christian Meditation but some sessions also use breathing meditation and a “Christian Zen” approach. (refreshments and welcome from 6.00pm). Contact Ruth for more information firstname.lastname@example.org
On the second Sunday of each month, “The Well” our Celtic Worship Community meets at 6.30pm (refreshments and welcome from 6.00pm). A chance to explore the riches of the Celtic tradition and an approach to spirituality which finds God alive as much in the natural world as in the words of scripture. Simple liturgies, times of silence, poetry and art all play their part in the mix. Contact Ruth for more information email@example.com or join The Well Facebook Group for regular updates and information.
On the third Sunday of each month “Open Table” our LGBT worship community meets at 6.30pm (refreshments and welcome at 6.00pm, sharing and support group after the service). All services and activities at St Bride’s aim to offer a fully inclusive, nurturing and welcoming space to people, wherever they are on the spectrum, but “Open Table” is a particular focus for the LGBT Community at St Bride’s. Contact Warren for more information firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07776476024 or join the Open Table Facebook Group for regular updates and invitations
On the fourth Sunday of each month at 6.30pm we have Christian Mindfulness (refreshments and welcome from 6pm) - a time of mindful movement and meditation. Infusing Xi Gong movement with contemplation and silence. In moving meditation, stillness and the practice of awareness, we seek to place ourselves in the stream of Divine Presence.
On the fifth Sunday of each month “Spirit and Song” offers a chance to explore spirituality through worship, music, song and silence… for more details contact Jon on email@example.com
Monday and Wednesday Morning Prayer
Every Wednesday at 9am you are welcome to join us for morning prayer. A simple celtic liturgy, some silence, a little music, a chance to light a candle and coffee afterwards. After coffee at 10am our Community Art project meets - all are welcome to join in the art morning. Also now, Morning Prayer on a Monday morning at 7.30am - a chance to pray and reflect on the scripture for the day together at the beginning of the week.
Living the Questions
We regularly run “Living the Questions” and other courses produced by the Progressive Christianity Network. A radical take on faith which allows us to explore the shaping of new pathways beginning in the Christian story but which allow us to escape from the biblical literalism, ancient dogmas and oppression of minority groups which have turned so many away from faith. The next course begins in February 2014, to book in, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
A group from St Bride’s went on pilgrimage along the Llyn Peninsula in June 2013. To find out more about upcoming day walks, please download the latest newsletter from the front page of this site, or contact email@example.com Watch this space for details of our next big adventure!
Theology and Modernity
The Theology and Modernity Lecture at St Bride’s series bring nationally renowned theologians and philosophers to Liverpool to deliver papers from the cutting edge of thought about the Divine and our world.
All lectures are free of charge and no booking is necessary. Forthcoming lectures are as follows:
4th November 2013 at 6pm: “Honest to God, 50 Years On” with Jonathan Clatworthy
Women’s Book Group
Meeting every six weeks in each other’s homes, the Women’s Book Group explores a wide variety of literature, some theological, some not. To join in and find out what we’re reading at the moment, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Progressive Christian Network
Many members of St Bride’s are also members of PCN UK. There are occasional conferences around the country and we support the regional PCN group which meets in Warrington. Please see our newsletter, downloadable from the front page of this site for details of the next meeting. For further information on the group please mail email@example.com
A group meets every Thursday lunchtime 1pm, at Liverpool’s “Bombed out Church” at the top of Bold Street, to share in movement and meditation together. Movement is drawn from Tai Xi and Xi Gong and led by Ruth Stock from our clergy team. The aim is to “move with the Spirit”, to experience Divine Peace and to be a blessing to our City. Coffee and discussion afterwards at Bold Street coffee. For more details contact firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTICE: Ruach-Blessing is moving!
The concept of “mindfulness” (the grace to the able to simple be in the present moment, fully aware, and hence to be fully open to the world and the Spirit) is a key part of the spirituality of many of us at St Bride’s. 2013 saw our first mindfulness course. If you are interested in joining a future group, please contact email@example.com