Archbishop celebrates 150 years of St Mary’s Upton

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The Archbishop of York Dr. John Sentamu joined the congregation and local community of St Mary’s Church, Upton to celebrate 150 years of the church building, to bless the recently completed extension and to commission the congregation for their ministry to those around them.

The morning began with a service of Holy Communion when local children carried out an enormous caterpillar that had left the building in 2017 prior to the building work commencing. They rejoined the congregation later, bringing with them a beautiful butterfly, signifying the transformation that has occurred in both the building and the people of St Mary’s as a new phase of ministry begins.

The Archbishop toured the new building and blessed it, unveiling a red sandstone plaque which is inscribed ‘Abide in my love’ from John 15v9.
Lunch followed at The Centre, this is a multi-function building owned by the church and is used by many in the local community.

The Archbishop then gave an inspiring talk about his vision for future generations, before commissioning more people in their ministry in the parish and beyond.
The Rt Revd Keith Sinclair, Bishop of Birkenhead said: “St Mary’s has long been a place where a living church serves the whole community of Upton. Their beautiful new building will help us in this new season of ministry. May God’s glory be known here, and may many meet with Jesus and come to know him as their Lord and Saviour through all that takes place here”.

The Archbishop said, “I was delighted to be able to return to this place and see some familiar faces from Woodchurch School which Bishop Keith and I visited as part of the mission to Birkenhead last September. I hope that the fantastic work that has been done here will enable those that use the building to see that God is a great provider who loves and longs for all to come to know him as their Friend and Saviour through his Son Jesus Christ. I will hold you all in my prayers.”

The Revd Graeme Skinner, Vicar of St Mary’s Church said, “Jesus is our motivation and inspiration and this 150th anniversary and the opening of a new fit for purpose building signals our intention and commitment to him and our community”.