This week’s News from Liverpool Cathedral – a Place of Encounter


Read the latest news from Liverpool Cathedral for Sunday 11th October 2020.

Welcome from Dean Sue

A very warm welcome.

Welcome to Liverpool Cathedral e-news where you can find out about what is happening in the Cathedral whether in person or virtually.

The collect for today says:

Almighty and everlasting God,
Increase in us your gift of faith
that, forsaking what lies behind
and reaching out to what is before…

As we continue to journey through Covid 19 we can look towards the future with hope. Part of that future for us as a Cathedral will be the appointment of a new Canon Precentor and a new ministry for Canon Myles within the Cathedral Company.

Canon Philip Anderson has been appointed to the role of Canon Precentor. Philip was born in Liverpool and has served all his ministry in the Diocese.  He was curate at Prescot; chaplain of Liverpool Hope University; and assistant priest at St John’s Tuebrook. In 2012 he was sent to be parish priest of Pemberton in Wigan Deanery. Since 2016 he has been Area Dean of Wigan, when he and others founded a dispersed community under vows to daily intercession for the town, the ‘Order of Prayer for Wigan’ Philip has a love of music which he traces back to his childhood visits the Philharmonic Hall. We look forward to welcoming Philip in February.

Canon Myles will retire from his current role in January. Myles will continue to be part of the Cathedral Company and he will live in the close. We are in conversation at the moment about what that role will entail, so watch this space as we bring you news of Myles’ post-retirement ministry. We will have a chance to thank Myles for his generosity, wisdom and sound judgement as Canon Precentor and priest and we will have the opportunity to welcome those gifts back amongst us.

Please keep Philip in your prayers as he prepares to leave Wigan and please keep Myles in your prayers as he prepares to transition in his ministry.

The other note of hope is our announcement that we have received a substantial grant from the Department of Culture, Media Heritage and Sport. This lifeline, combined with our other work to preserve jobs has put us on a more secure footing. But we have much to do and your support is always welcome.

You can read more about the grant award here.

Worship with us this week

Join us on-line for Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer/Choral Evensong, broadcast live via our Facebook page. Please click on the following link and select which service you wish to follow from the menu under ‘Services’: Liverpool Cathedral.

Today’s pre-recorded Sunday service, along with reflections on the Gospel reading by our Canon Theologian, are to be found on our prayer blog, Prayer for Liverpool:

Next Week: Legal Service, Sunday 18th October 2020

This years’ service to mark the beginning of the Legal Year is to be held virtually. The link to the service will be available on the Cathedral website on Sunday 18th October at 10.30am. The preacher at the service will be The Right Reverend Philip North, Bishop of Burnley.

The Cathedral Eucharist will be celebrated in the Cathedral at 10.30am that morning.

Encountering Faith

If you want to dig deep into the Bible, please join us for a series on the book of Philippians, starting on-line on Thursday 8th October, either at1-2pm or repeated at 7-8pm. You can find more information on the following link to the relevant page of our website: /getting-involved/Exploring-Faith.

Supper with the Scriptures

Every Monday evening, 7-8pm on Zoom, we gather with our ‘Supper’ to discuss some part of the Bible. At the moment, we are working through the Acts of the Apostles. A great way to start to get into the Bible. You can find more information on the following link to the relevant page of our website:

Prison’s Week Lecture: Monday 12th October at 7pm

You are warmly invited to attend the Liverpool 2020 Prison Lecture (via Zoom) hosted by Liverpool Diocesan Council for Social Aid in collaboration with the Diocese of Liverpool and Liverpool Cathedral. 

This year's unique, virtual prison lecture - 'Voices from 2020' - features a new radio play created and performed by residents of Adelaide House Approved Premises in association with No Place Productions. To reserve your place, please follow this Eventbrite link:

Micah Liverpool Community Markets at Liverpool Cathedral

Micah Liverpool has just started new community market at Liverpool Cathedral on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11am - 2:30pm outside on the Welsford Porch. All are welcome to purchase food and household supplies at heavily reduced prices. Proceeds from the markets will go towards our other Micah programs. Please note that guests should try to bring their own bags if possible.

Prayer Requests

Our ‘Prayer Wall’, set up at the start of the pandemic, is still live. You can post prayer requests to us at:

Events at Liverpool Cathedral

From early October, catering is due to return at the cathedral, but will be returning in a limited way until visitor numbers begin to pick up. The new service will be carried out within government guidelines, utilising the magnificent space within the cathedral to ensure adequate social distancing. Watch this space for more details. To keep track of the latest information and any changes, keep an eye on the Events page of the Cathedral website: Liverpool Cathedralhome/events-calendar.

Cathedral Shop

It won’t be too long before we will be writing out our Christmas cards! Make us your destination for Christmas card purchases this year, along with Cards for Good Causes we will have the largest selection of charity cards, available from early October.

Are you up for a challenge? The Cathedral shop has a new range of 1000 piece Jigsaw’s available including a wonderful Liverpool Landmarks puzzle. This range is one of many available online – why not come in for a browse:

All profits from the shop directly support the ever increasing work of Liverpool Cathedral.

Donate to Liverpool Cathedral

Please consider making a donation to the Cathedral in these very challenging times. We estimate the financial impact of Covid to be a loss of around £650k. We have received funding of c £400k but it’s still a huge financial challenge for us. Within this we have noticed a significant fall in levels of congregational giving (down by over £20,000 so far this year). We’d be very happy to talk to you in more detail about how you can support us. If you’d like to make a donation, please follow this link to the relevant page of our website: Liverpool Cathedralhome/make-a-donation