Liverpool’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Erica Kemp CBE, will lead Civic dignitaries, voluntary and community groups from across the city at the Annual Civic Service this Sunday (18 January).
For the first time in over 15 years, the service, which is normally held at the Anglican Cathedral, will take place in the heart of the city at Liverpool Parish Church which has a long association with the civic, maritime, and commercial life of the city.
And reflecting some of the interests of the Lord Mayor and her chosen charities for the year (The Alzheimer’s society, The County of Merseyside Branch of The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) – Forces Help, Teenage Cancer Trust and The Reader Organisation), the theme of this years’ Service will be ‘volunteering’.
Councillor Kemp CBE said: “I am delighted that this year’s Civic service will be held at the Church of Our Lady and St Nicholas.
“Liverpool Parish Church is part of the city’s rich history and it is an ideal location for communities to come together and celebrate the Liverpool’s diversity.
“The theme of this years’ service will be volunteering and I hope that all those attending will give thanks for the unsung heroes who are volunteering out in their communities and focus on the good in their lives.”
The Service will be led by the Rector of Liverpool, the Revd Dr Crispin Pailing, and the sermon will be delivered by the Rt Revd Richard Blackburn, Bishop of Warrington.
The Revd Dr Crispin Pailing said, “I am delighted that the Lord Mayor’s Civic Service has returned to the Parish Church this year. With the theme of volunteering we are celebrating the work – often unseen – done by so many in this city to help those around us.
“The compassion and dedication of volunteers makes a significant difference in all areas of society.”