Saturday, 20 June 2015

Mossley Hill Church's 140th Anniversary - Flower Festival

The Hilltop chuch

To celebrate Mossley hill Church’s 140th anniversary they held a Flower festival. 
They invited all the community groups linked to the church to  create a  flower  display influenced by their groups aims and activities.

Liverpool RSPB  is closely linked to this church, as this is where we have held our indoor meetings for many years and many of the congregation are our members.

Sandra and Rosemary from our group did us proud, by far the largest display complete with bird table, birds and gardening troughs.

RSPB Liverpool display

Another RSPB member Janet  did the All hallows church display 
All hallows display

There were 32 exhibitors in the church ie. Babies & bumps, Jam Sunday school, Pastoral care, Yoga grp, Womens fellowship, Choir and organ, Otters group, Halcyon syncopaters, Mossley hill residents group did an arrangement, which were  then placed around the church .

Network 55+ display
Music Group
Brownies and Guides

Church view

Mossley hill is known as the Hilltop church, is of gothic style and can be seen from miles around, such as from the beacon at Billinge Hill. From the top of the church tower you can see North Wales, the Pennines and the sweep of the Mersey estuary. It is part of he Mossley hill team ministry which includes St Barnabas and All Hallow's churches.

The Church of St Matthew and Saint James, known as Mossley Hill Church, was consecrated on 23 June 1875. The Church named after its founder Matthew James Glenton.Situated in the centre of the Mossley hill conservation area, it's a magnificient church that survived the blitz. Being one of the first churches in England to be bombed during the Second World War in the air raids on Liverpool on 28th and 29th of August 1940.


Photographs of the aftermath, remnants of stained glass - all of which was destroyed in the bombing sadly, including work by William Morris. A common prayer book with shrapnel lodged in it are on display in the prayer room.

Eagle Lectern
The lectern is a magnifient golden eagle, the vicar tells me they have not established where this came from and its significance, but certainly St John is repreesnted by an eagle and there was some suggestion that our Liverpool  Liver bird was actually  an eagle in the distant past?    

I spent a couple of  hours at the church and would like to thank Hazel and Lynne from St Barnabas for their time and company.
The volunteers put on refreshments and the home baked cake and scones  were lovely!  

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