St. Peter and St. John, Kirkley
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This is an Inclusive Church offering a warm welcome to people from all walks of life, irrespective of their age, social standing, financial situation, mental capacity or physical ability.
A church in the Anglo Catholic (High) tradition, we are often seen as an annoying itch in the side of other local churches. However, we simply strive to return the Church to its core Gospel values; no more and no less.
We are realistic about being human, which is why on some Sundays our visitors might speak of feeling very welcomed and at others where they might have come across a church member who is all too human, and not so friendly, probably because they are having a difficult time. Whatever the case we are an older congregation but young at heart!
St Peter and St John's is for many people, "Soul Space Kirkley"; people who have far too much going on in their lives and need to stop and reflect on what it is to 'be still and know that I am God'. We seek to be inspired by this experience of ‘stillness’ to become a people who believe in building a better world for the future, and finding small and humble ways of achieving this in our local community.
There has been a church in Kirkley for over 1000 years. The present building is the fourth to occupy the site. The church stands upon rising ground, a short distance away from the highest part of Kirkley Cliff. Until the 1970's the church was dedicated only to St Peter. This dedication was changed to St Peter and St John after the closure of St John's Church which stood on the corner of London Road South and Belvedere Road, near to the bridge. The medieval tower is all that remains of the second Church on this site. It is built from knapped flint, laid in courses with stone dressings. On a clear day the tower provides a landmark for miles around. The main body of the Church building is East Anglian flint and the interior is typically Victorian ‘High Church’ in style, completed in 1892.
Why not come and join in? You will be very welcome!!
Reverend Eoin Buchanan
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