Civic service focuses on unity and peace

Liverpool’s Annual Civic Service will be based around the theme unity and peace.

Led by Lord Mayor, Councillor Christine Banks, it will take place at Liverpool Parish Church off Chapel Street in the city centre on Sunday 10 June at 12 noon.

In attendance will be invited audience of 200 civic dignitaries and representatives from community and voluntary groups.

The service will include readings and prayers from pupils at Holy Cross Catholic Primary School in L3 and the Bishop of Liverpool, the Right Reverend Paul Bayes.

Councillor Banks said: “At a time when the headlines all around us are of a world seemingly riven by division and conflict, now is an opportune moment to remember there is far more that unites than divides us.

“The Civic Service is a chance for people from all backgrounds and walks of life to come together, celebrate the extraordinary generosity and spirit of people and remind ourselves of the importance of unity and peace.

“It is vital that in this non-stop world where there seems to be less time to pause and reflect, that we do take time out to remember that we are all human.”

The Rt Revd Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool, said, “I am delighted to be speaking at the Civic Service this year.

“It is an opportunity to recognize the ways in which different communities contribute to our great city.

“I am particularly pleased that this year’s Lord Mayor has chosen the theme of Unity and Peace, because it reminds us that in a diverse city, with people from so many different backgrounds, we all flourish if we work together.”

Liverpool Waterfront