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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday Evenings through the month at St Bride’s
On the first Sunday of each month, “Spirit and Song” meets (refreshments and welcome from 6.00pm). We are trying to create a relaxed informal time and experimenting with short, simple, chant-like worship songs with plenty of space, stillness, silence and opportunity for prayers or sharing. Do feel free to bring a prayer, poem, picture or anything you would like to share in the context of our worship. We will probably worship with song for 40-60 minutes then break for a cuppa. For more information contact Jon email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 “Exploring Christfulness” (refreshments and welcome from 6pm) - Bringing together insights from Mindful meditation and the long tradition of Christian contemplation - using silence, movement and where necessary words, we shall explore the Divine within each of us.
On the fifth Sunday of each month we will be trying a variety of “one off” events and talks… a space for us to explore new frontiers in thought, worship and spirituality… each will be announced ahead in the Sunday newsletter downloadable from the front page of the website.
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.
Wednesday Evenings at St Bride’s
"Moving, Breathing, Meditating"
5.30 - 6.05 p.m. Mindful Movement
6.05 - 6.15 pm Break (& Mindful Tea drinking)
6.15 - 6.45 pm Meditation in the tradition of the World Community for Christian Meditation.
All are welcome to come to either or both of the sessions, no previous experience necessary. If you arrive for the 6.15 Meditation session before the tea break, please enter quietly. The gentle movement we use in the Mindful Movement session is suitable for people of all mobility levels.
Everyone is welcome to come and meditate. This is a space for people of all faiths and none.
Contact Ruth for more information firstname.lastname@example.org
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 October 2014, to book in, please email email@example.com
A group from St Bride’s will be going on pilgrimage to Lindisfarne in June 2015 please see newsletter for details. To find out more about upcoming day walks, please download the latest newsletter from the front page of this site, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
10th November 2014 at 6pm: “Reconciling Two Groups in One Body - The Irish Churches and Social Transformation” with Dr. Nicola Morris
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 and we have run several courses through 2013 and 2014. If you are interested in joining a future group, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org