We are a suburban church about ½ mile south of Birkdale village. We are not on a main road and there is a hourly direct bus service during the daytime on weekdays but none on Sundays. Our congregation consists mostly of people living locally but some travel from other parts of Southport and beyond. The membership is about 35, the age profile of which is predominantly middle-aged to elderly, (which reflects much of the surrounding area and the town as a whole.) The social profile is mixed. We have a small modern sanctuary with halls and rooms which act, to some extent, as community halls for the area. We are opposite one of the largest employers locally, The Office of National Statistics. Because of this, there is limited on street parking during weekdays. We have our own small car park. There are no other churches within ½ mile. We are part of a newly formed Team Ministry with Formby, Ainsdale, Lord Street West, St George’s and Churchtown United Reformed Churches.
Our ‘Mission Statement’ is: ‘We are here to worship God and serve the Community’.
We believe we are an active church with a strong community connection.
We seek to reach out through the use of our building by others and the contacts built through the varied activities that we both organise and allow our halls to be used for. Our church activities include: Women’s home group, Amici – an informal social group meeting in people’s homes, Uniformed Organisations, Luncheon Club (weekly), Pleasant Sunday Afternoon Concerts, Carol Singing with ‘Christians Together’.
Our morning worship is ‘traditional’ but involving formality and informality. As part of a Team Ministry, worship is shared between the Ministers and visiting preachers. Members of the congregation read the lessons. We try to maintain a high standard of worship with a strong element on preaching, relating the Bible with the issues that relate to people’s lives both individually and corporately and vice versa. Once a quarter (on average) a Parade Service is held in which members of the Uniformed Organisations help to lead the service and, with help from the ministers, they occasionally lead this themselves. On occasions, a service will be led by one of our members.
We have no regular Junior Church, though, from time to time, we have children from families connected with church members and we try to make appropriate provision for them. However, we do have young people's uniformed organisations, namely: Rainbow Guides, Brownie Guides, Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, and a Scout troop. We have sought to build strong relationships between the church and the uniformed organisations. The ministers visit them from time to time and also relate with their leaders in other ways.
Pastoral care is offered formally through the Ministers and Elders and amongst the congregation on an informal basis. We are a Commitment for Life Church and collect for Christian Aid. We also contribute to other local causes through a weekly retiring collection.