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Issue:- 17 July 2014

The Hightown Church that was Built a Century Ago
Photographs by C Trollope

IT was on 15 July 1914, that the Church of England, Church of St Stephen, was consecrated in Hightown, Merseyside. It was, at 1st, a chapel of 1 of the Crosby churches, but shortly after 15 years, it became a Parish Church. It was built for the hamlet, now town, named Hightown with its own railway station and some shops. The celebrations began on Friday, 10 July, 2014; then on Saturday a Fair type event took place aimed at the younger inhabitants of the town. The Celebration Eucharist, at 10.30am, on Sunday, 13 July 2014, saw the Church building filled to capacity. The service was followed by a magnificent celebratory buffet lunch in the Church Hall and later that day the concluding event occurred, at which the Mayor of Sefton attended along with other dignitaries.

During the morning service, the choir sang a Centenary Anthem, written by Hilary Burgoyne ARCM, LGSM, based on Psalm 138. The Sermon was given by The Archdeacon of Liverpool, the Venerable Ricky Panter; he based his talk on the idea as to what the founders in 1914 would find if they used a tardis to see if their hopes and aspirations had fulfilled. Then he talked about the next hundred years. Among the congregation were several priests, one of whom had been one of St Stephen's vicars, some of the Sefton Deanery Priests and Readers. Everyone was most impressed by the beauty of the refurbished Sunday School Window which was in memory of Miss Chris Scott and of the drawing of the proposed Centenary project's new entrance porch.

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