This Week’s News from Liverpool Cathedral – A Place of Encounter


Notices for Sunday 27th September 2020

Welcome from Dean Sue

A very warm welcome to the second of our new e-news. This weekend sees 11 Ordination Services in the Cathedral. For all the candidates it is a momentous occasion as their call to ordained ministry is affirmed with the laying on of hands by the Bishops. It is also a great occasion for the parishes where they will continue to serve.

The call to ministry and discipleship begins at our Baptism and it is life-long. Within the Cathedral there are many people who serve in a number of different ministries as volunteers and as paid staff. We are so grateful to all who offer their time and talent whether that be through the leading of worship in the traditional congregation or Zone 2 or Sepas or whether it be as Stewards and Welcomers. There are just so many talented people who support the Cathedral through, sewing, embroidery, and knitting, through prayer, singing and serving at the altar.

Thank you all for your ministries and may God continue to bless you and us through them.


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:

Ordination weekend: Friday 25th – Sunday 27th September 2020

The Bishops will be ordaining 11 priests and 25 deacons at the Cathedral this weekend. This is the largest number of people to be ordained for many years, and a cause for great thanksgiving and as people have responded to God’s call to ordained ministry.

It is not possible for us to host one the two great services of ordination in the usual way. Instead there will be eleven services of ordination taking place over the entire weekend. Attendance at these services has to be limited to the ordinands and four invited guests with their training incumbent, along with those who are legally required to attend.

This means that the Cathedral will be closed entirely to visitors and worshippers from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th September.

For the Cathedral company there will be a brief said service of Holy Communion on Sunday 27th September at the earlier time of 10.00am. This will take place in the Well of the Cathedral and the maximum number of people able to attend is 48. Booking for this service on Eventbrite is essential. We regret that it will not be possible to admit others on the day.

Judges 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.

Alpha Online
We are starting Alpha Online, on-line (using Zoom) on Thursday 8th October, 7-8.30pm. Alpha is a great way for people who are enquiring about the Christian faith and the person of Jesus to explore that in an informative, friendly and unpressurised way. You can find more information on the following link to the relevant page of our website: /events-calendar/alpha_online_autumn_2020.

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 (and recorded) on Thursday 8th October, 1-2pm. 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:


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.