Archbishop Sentamu Believes in Birkenhead


Archbishop Sentamu is joining a weekend of mission called ‘Believe in Birkenhead’ next month, from 7 to 10 September, which will include visits to schools, shipyards and family fun activities. 

The Bishop of Birkenhead, Keith Sinclair, the Bishop of Stockport, Libby Lane the Bishop of Burnley, Philip North, Revd Roger Simpson, and ex-Gladiator Warren ‘Ace’ Furman will also be sharing their faith with all who they meet in Birkenhead as part of the mission weekend.

On the first day of the mission, Thursday 7 September, local primary and secondary schools have invited the Archbishop, Bishops and Warren ‘Ace’ Furman for Q & A sessions with students. A commissioning service for the mission will be at Christ Church, Oxton, CH43 5RW at 7.30pm – all are welcome to attend. 

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu said: “I’m delighted to be able to share in this mission to Birkenhead. I want everyone to know that Jesus Christ loves and believes in all of us. He wants us to have an encounter with him that will transform our lives, bringing hope and love which we can then share with others.  I encourage all to come and find out for yourself who Jesus is.”

Friday morning sees the Archbishop visiting Cammell Laird, the largest and most successful ship repair and conversion specialist in the UK, where he will meet with staff and will briefly tour the facility.  “We are really proud of being at the heart of Birkenhead and look forward to welcoming the Archbishop here. Cammell Laird was initially founded in 1824 and it grew to be part of the heart of Birkenhead and it will continue to be for generations to come”, said David Williams, Business Development Director at Cammell Laird Shiprepairers & Shipbuilders Ltd.  “Cammell Laird is a major employer in Birkenhead. We provide opportunities for young people through apprentice training schemes with an emphasis on recruiting and training young people from the area to develop the skilled workforce of tomorrow. We have a strong relationship with our local suppliers and encourage them to adopt a similar approach to continued skills development and training.  Cammell Laird is also a supporter of local charities and social enterprises such as the Hive, and also Claire House and Age UK.”

Following his visit to Cammell Laird Shipyard, Archbishop Sentamu will call in at Ridgeway High School, Birkenhead School, St Catherine’s Health Centre and the recently opened Hive Youth Zone, Bright Street CH41 4EA in the afternoon at approx. 5pm where he will tour the Youth Zone and meet with members for a Q and A session. 

Stuart Barnes, Hive Youth Zone Chief Executive said: “We look forward to welcoming the Archbishop to The Hive Youth Zone as part of his visit to Birkenhead. The Hive, Wirral Youth Zone is part of the OnSide Youth Zones network, designed to give young people aged 8 – 19 years old (up to 25 for those with additional needs) something to do, somewhere to go and someone to talk to, whilst raising aspirations and improving their futures.”

The Archbishop will be at St Stephen’s Church, CH42 8LA at 7.30pm on Friday evening for ‘Music for a Summers Evening’, where a local primary school choir will sing; Lucas Hank, professional violinist, will perform and Bishop Keith and the Archbishop will talk and answer questions about faith.  

Saturday begins at the local branch of the YMCA where the Archbishop will give a talk and celebrate the 10th anniversary of the building. The Archbishop will share lunch with a Cultural Diversity Group representing those working with the diverse ethnicities living in Birkenhead.  A Family Fun Heritage Event follows this at St James Church, Birkenhead CH43 7RJ from 11am-4pm. There will be lots of activities for all the family and the Archbishop will give a talk at approx. 2pm. Also taking place on Saturday afternoon, all are warmly welcome to St Oswald’s Church Bidston for a Messy Church session; St Paul’s with St Luke Tranmere are hosting a ‘Finding Dory’ film session; St Stephen’s Prenton are hosting a fun day; and Christ Church Oxton are holding a heritage event. Join in the fun, food and friendship.

The Archbishop will round off the day on Saturday at Woodchurch High School CH49 7NG for an event ‘Saturday Night Live’ at 7.00pm where there will be singing from local primary schools, entertainment, refreshments, talks and a Q&A session with Bishop Philip and the Archbishop.

On Sunday, the Archbishop will be preaching at the Baptism Service at St Oswald’s Bidston at 10.30am.  Bishop Libby Lane will preach at the 11am Family Service at Christ the King; Bishop Keith will lead at the 10.30am Family Service at St Peter’s Rock Ferry; Bishop Peter Forster will be at the 10am Holy Communion Service at Woodchurch Holy Cross; Bishop Philip will preside at Saint Saviour’s Church Oxton at 9.30am; Archdeacon Mike Gilbertson will preach at St James Church Birkenhead at 10.30am and Neil Baldwin will join the service at St Catherine’s Tranmere at 10.30am.

Everyone is invited to attend the Celebration Service at the St Saviour’s Oxton CH43 2JZ at 4pm which marks the final event of this mission weekend.


For more information about the Mission to Birkenhead – please visit: or contact Revd Lyn Weston, Diocese of Chester Missioner at mb. 07786 110806 or at email: [email protected]  Twitter:@Lyn Missioner

About The Hive

Since opening in April 2017, The Hive has welcomed young people from across the borough with a mission to provide ‘Somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to’. The Hive is open 7 days a week, all year round including School Holidays and Bank Holidays and costs just £5 a year membership and 50p per session. The current membership of over 4800 young people enjoy all that the Youth Zone has to offer including; an indoor climbing wall, fitness suite, sports hall, fully-equipped hair & well-being salon, enterprise & employability offer, music room and dance studio. 

About Cammell Laird  

Cammell Laird is one of the most famous names in British industry with roots tracing back to the early 19th Century. The business is located on the River Mersey, in the Liverpool City Region, on the West Coast of England. It has a 120 acre site with four dry docks, a non-tidal wet basin, large modular construction hall and extensive covered workshops.

Tune into BBC Radio Merseyside Daybreak Programme to listen to the Archbishop talking to Charlie and Ella at Birkenhead Sixth Form College about the #mission #BelieveinBirkenhead (from 02:10:50 mins in to 02:17:45)