Local Churches' News

St Philip & St Paul cross with poppiesSt Philip & St Paul with Wesley, Southport (a Methodist/Anglican LEP)

To commemorate the anniversary of the outbreak of WW1 we decorated our Easter cross with a poppy for every name on the war memorials in the church from WW1 and the names of anyone people from the congregation or local community gave us.

We had a significant number of visitors to the church as a result.

We are also opening the church on Tuesday 11th of the 11th so people can see it, and have time to quietly reflect during the day.

10 November 2014


Tunstall Methodist Church & Centre rescues World War One memorial from the Primitive Methodist Church building

Church officials have unveiled a First World War memorial after it was rescued from a neighbouring building which is being demolished to make way for flats. Tunstall Methodist Church and Centre revealed the 33-name plaque, which was found at dilapidated Primitive Methodist Church in Pittshill


The Sentinel
20 March 2014


Wildflower Gardens at Neston Methodist Church and Community Centre 2014

August 2014 marks One Hundred Years of the start of World War I and in commemoration, plantings are being established at Neston Methodist Church.



17 March 2014


Heroes from same Darwen church saluted

Historians at a Darwen church have investigated the stories behind names on a First World War memorial plaque.

The 14 names are on a plaque at Spring Vale Methodist Church, in Watery Lane, and the research has been carried out ahead of Remembrance Sunday.


04 Nov 2013

Lancashire Telegraph


Clergy in danger at the front

The trials and tribulations of army chaplains during the First World War provided an unusual topic for members of the North Lancs branch of the Western Front Association. The talk at the Lancaster City Museum was given by the Reverend John Bolton OBE who was a Methodist chaplain for 25 years.


08 April 2014

North West Evening Mail


Diana Souhami on Edith Cavell

09 February 2011

Edith Cavell was the World War I British nurse who saved the lives of soldiers in Brussels from all sides without distinction. Along with Belgian and French colleagues, she helped over 200 Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium. 

Edith Cavell was arrested and tried with 33 others by a German military court. She was found guilty of 'assisting men to the enemy' and shot by a German firing squad on October 12 1915.

In 2011, Whitbread award-winning writer, Diana Souhami, spoke to Karen Burke about her book on the Christian nurse, Edith Cavell. You can listen here:


World War One Liturgies 

As the Church of England has announced the availability of liturgies for World War One http://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-worship/worship/latest-updates/world-war-one-liturgy.aspx you might be interested that Byfleet Methodist Church and the Parish Church of St Mary Byfleet have already announced an evening service on Sunday 3 August 2014 to mark the centenary. St Mary's has a large collection of grave crosses brought back from the Western Front after they were replaced with permanent headstones. 


Lecture 28 June 2014 - 'Methodism and the Challenge of the First World War'

Lecturer - Professor Michael Hughes, Conscience and Conflict: Methodism, Peace and War in the Twentieth Century:

www.wesleyhistoricalsociety.org.uk/events.html#2013  for more details


Methodist Heritage - World War One links

Lest we forget: www.methodistheritage.org.uk/news.htm

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