revamp of St Marys Upton Wirral May 2015

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undefinedSt Mary's church in Upton, Wirral, is reaching the end of the first phase of a major church building redevelopment which will see the reopening of the church. The most visible change will be the flexible seating, designed to accommodate different styles of worship and activities.

Vicar the Revd Graeme Skinner said: “We are marking the moment by making the church into a ‘House of Prayer’ for our community during the MayFest week (May 10 to 17).  At specific times during the week the church will be open for visitors to stop and pray around the stations of a prayer trail. 

'Say one for me' prayer request cards are also being handed out in the community for anyone who wishes to request prayer support from the parish.

St Mary’s is offering six music events during MayFest, including:  two half-hour lunchtime organ recitals (Tuesday 12 May and repeated on Thursday 14 May;) and a half-hour Dvorak and Handel violin and piano event, also at a lunchtime (Wednesday 13 May ). Free refreshments will be available at these times and other times during the week.

The other events are run by the church youth department on Saturday 16 May, include a two-hour ‘Unique Music’ event from 2.30pm which will be repeated at 5pm. Later on, from 7.30pm, there will be an acoustic music - aimed at the young and the ‘young at heart’ and open to all.

During the week the church will run family-friendly activities with Messy Church (Sun 10 May, from  3pm) and a family trail through the church.

Refreshments will play a big part of the week as coffee and tea will be available while the church is open.  A new oil painting by local artist, Ron Hinkson, based on St Mary’s ‘Last Supper’ chancel windows, will be displayed. It is pictured above.

The Sunday services will include a direct invitation for people to consider ‘Meeting Jesus’.

Work on phase 2 of the Faith Building’ Project – the creation of a major new centre for use by the parish and the wider local community – is due to start this summer.

St Mary’s church is in Church Road, Upton, Wirral CH49 6JZ.

Key opening times:
Tuesday 12 May:  10am to 4pm, 7pm to 9pm (organ event 1pm).
Wed 13 May:  7.30am to 9.30am (violin event 1.15pm)
Thursday 14 May:  10am to 1.30pm (organ event 1pm)
Friday 15 May: 10am to 4pm
Saturday 16 May:  9am to 12noon, followed by music events at 2.30pm, 5pm and 7.30pm.

St Mary's, Upton, Wirral ... a growing church