Parish’s praise takes to Prom

Father David Lyon on the mic at the St Annes Parish Church garden party in the vicarage garden.
Father David Lyon on the mic at the St Annes Parish Church garden party in the vicarage garden.

RELIGIOUS worship comes to St Annes seafront this weekend as ministry from the town’s historic Parish Church goes ‘on the road’ for the first time.

The Rev David Lyon, vicar of the church which gave the town its name in the 19th century, will conduct a Sunday afternoon service — entitled Praise On The Prom — at the bandstand on South Promenade.

It will involve the church’s choir and include a host of favourite hymns. Mr Lyon hopes it will attract a large turnout of residents and visitors as well as regular churchgoers.

“Everyone is welcome and we hope to see as many people as possible coming along to join us,” he said.

“I have been at the Parish Church for two years now and this kind of service in a different setting is something I have been looking to do for some time and I hope it proves popular.

“We are in a seaside resort and it is good to make the most of the location. I saw this done in South Wales some years ago and as soon as I moved to St Annes, I knew I wanted to do it here and I have been waiting for the right opportunity.

“The Parish Church gave its name to the town all those years ago and that is something of which we are very proud.

“That heritage means, I feel, that it is up to us to be proactive and lead the way and get as many people involved in church activities as possible.

“We hope the weather is kind and that the outdoor service proves popular.”

The service starts at 4.30pm and is in addition to the regular service times at the church earlier in the day. Those attending are advised to bring their own seating.

Next month, a special service with a golfing theme is to be held at the Parish Church to mark the start of practice for the Open Golf Championship, which begins competitively the following Thursday.

That service starts at 10am and will include professional golfers and coaches talking about their careers and faith.