Birkdale United Reformed Church

  • Grosvenor Road
  • Birkdale
  • Southport
  • Merseyside
  • PR8 2ET

Welcome to Birkdale URC!

Birkdale United Reformed Church exists to worship God and serve the community.

Have a look round our website, come and join us at worship.

There's lots going on here; why not be a part of Birkdale URC? Check out our What's On Each Week page!

Coronavirus Information

Churches can now run services, and your Elders are planning to re-open Birkdale URC on Sunday 6th September. However, the risk of catching Coronavirus is still present.  Brian has asked us to present a 

Personal Risk Assessment

for you to consider.  Read his letter and answer the questions.  This could give you an idea of whether you should consider venturing out and coming back to church in September.  Download his letter and the risk assessment here.

Churches can now run services and we are planning to restart them on 6th September, but until then we will keep our services as  printed orders of service for you to read and study at home along with occasional Zoom services.  You can find them on our Come to Church page.

Grosvenor Jazz


Regrettably, having consulted all the Government and Church requirements, it has proved impossible in our hall, to meet the distances required between performers on stage, performers to audience, and space out the audience at tables,

As such, we have had to conclude that we are unable to put on these planned events and thus are cancelling our bookings.

Decisions on whether we can proceed in January, February and March 2021 will be considered in late November.

Tickets for the re-arranged Boogie Bill performance on 27th February 2021 are still valid.  Keep them safe!

Iain McNair

Christian Aid Week 10 - 16 May

House-to-House collections didn't happen this year.  If you wish to donate, please see this letter from Sally McQuaid

Reform Magazine

For as long as people are shut up indoors,Reform magazine will be free online.  Please tell anyone who might like to know about this.

Free, online copies of Reform can be accessed via the webpage at

Sunday services will be cancelled for the time being.  Please watch this page for further information or follow us on Facebook.

Our Team Minister, Rev Peter Lyth, is writing Sunday services for us.  To Download these services go to our Come to Church page and click the date link.

Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Brownies and  Rainbows will not be meeting until further notice.

Woodvale Badminton Club, our over-50s badminton and our Lunch Club are also cancelled. 

Sing for Fun, Southport Woodcarvers, Diddikicks and Evening Badminton have also cancelled their meetings.  Watch this space for further info or follow our FaceBook page.

If you are concerned about not going to church at present and would prefer to stay at home but would like to be a part of Sunday morning Worship, the Methodist church is streaming Sunday service at 11am on YouTube.

Click on this link at 11am on Sunday or you can view previous services at any time.

Easter Thoughts

From our Moderator, Rev Jacky Embray

Easter Thoughts

Holy Week is usually the week of the year in which the church gathers together most often. In the last week of his earthly life, Jesus, too, was often surrounded by crowds. At first, they cried, ‘Hosanna!’ (Mark 11.9-10), then they listened to him with amazement (Mark 12.17) and delight (Mark 12.37), later they cried, ‘Crucify him!’ (Mark 15.13-14).
Nevertheless, at the end, despite a very public execution, Jesus felt himself completely alone (Mark 15.24). 
Today, we are in lockdown, but we are not alone. We are surrounded by a great crowd of witnesses (Hebrews 12.1), both in heaven and on earth. Most importantly we have Jesus by our sides and he knows what it is to feel alone, even in the midst of a crowd. So, let us take time this week to access some of the worship material that is now available both online and off line and to walk with Jesus through this week, together with others and alone with him.

And let us pray that in this Holy Week and in the current situation, Christ will open our eyes anew to what it is to be one with him and with all the saints across space and time.

Jacky, Moderator

Grosvenor Jazz Logo

Sadly our closing gig of the season, 28 March, fell foul of the CV19 lock-down.   We have agreed with Boogie Bill's Billionaires that they will play for us in the spring of next year; as an additional gig to those we had already booked.   Tickets for March 2020 will be valid for the new date, so hang onto them.

The 2020-2021 programme now becomes:

26th September 2020    Sequoia

21st November 2020     Trio Nay

23rd January 2021         Emma Holcroft Quartet

27th February 2021        Boogie Bills Billionaires  (postponed from March 2020)

27th March 2021            Swingology

Tickets stay at £10 for next season

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Christmas Fair Time - Support our supporters! 

Our Christmas Fair was held on Saturday November 30th.  We received wonderful support from local businesses, who help us maintain our work in the local community. Please support them!

Liverpool Road, Birkdale Village:

 Barrique Wine Br & Deli

 Inspired Flowers

 SJ Carpets

 Birkdale Post Office

 Petcare of Birkdale

 Brian Park - Chocolates & Cards

 Sitting Pretty Beauty Salon


Weld Parade and Weld Road:

 Bombay Blussi

  Sally Bee 

Liverpool Road - Shaws Road and St Johns Road area:

 The Milkbar

  Four Seasons Garden Centre

Tesco Express

 Funky Food

Aldi, Birkdale

Liverpool Road - Norfolk Road area

 Swirls and Pincurls

Please support these traders by using and buying from them.

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