150th anniversay of St Barnabas Bromborough

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undefined150 years have passed since the present parish church of St Barnabas in Bromborough, Wirral, was consecrated. The anniversary was marked on Monday 17 November. A commemorative tree was planted, a time capsule buried, and a special service was held.

Rector the Revd Jenny Gillies planted a mulberry tree, helped by 93-year-old Geoff Rhodes who’s been at the church since he was four-years-old. A group of children from one of the schools in the parish, Raeburn Primary, also helped with the tree.

Raeburn pupils and children from other schools contributed items to the time capsule which was buried beneath the tree. A bible, current C of E worship books, donations from local schools, contemporary toys and games, photographs, copies of the Rector’s CV and her MA dissertation, and a magazine were put in the capsule. 

During the afternoon bell ringers rang a full peal of Plain Bob Major and cream teas were served in the St Barnabas Village Centre. Among the guests – past clergy, the Mayor of Wirral, Cllr Steve Foulkes, and the Vice-Dean of Chester Cathedral, Peter Howell-Jones. Chester Cathedral is the patron of St Barnabas church.

The Bishop of Chester, the Rt Revd Dr Peter Forster, preached at a service of celebration and thanksgiving.

Rector Jenny said: “It was a brilliant day – an opportunity to celebrate the past as well as to look forward to the future. We were supported by so many people from right across the community of Bromborough.
 
“It felt like the greatest privilege to be in that place at that time. To be in the place with so many clergy having gone before, and particularly to be there on the day that women bishops were approved – it all gave the day a special resonance.
 
“Parishioners were invited to pledge themselves to continue mission and ministry in Bromborough. One of the best moments was when the four youngest members of the church asked the bishop whether he would commit himself to continue to support that work.” 

Photographs by Liz Jeary ...

 Top - at the commemoration service, the Bishop of Chester with Rector Jenny Gillies, Revd Peter Howell-Jones of Chester Cathedral (the cathedral is patron of the parish), the current ministry team and past clergy of St Barnabas' church  

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1. Wirral councillor Phil Gilchrist (a member of the congregation) and Eddie Griffiths bury the time capsule. Eddie's family made the new plaque inside the church which records the anniversary

2. St Barnabas' church

3.  The church's splendid font