The Salvation Army Liverpool Walton
Through the Love of Christ, a place of Inclusion, Identity and Connection.
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Our building is open from 10am - 2.30pm on Sundays
(Please scroll past 'Our Programme' for more detailed info about our Sunday meetings and activities)
10:30am - 12:00pm Morning Worship
11am - 12:00pm Crèche, Primary & Juniors
12:00pm - 1:00pm Refreshments
12:45pm - 1:30pm Singing Company Practice
1:30pm - 1:45pm Break
1:45pm - 2.30pm YP Band Practice
2.30pm - 4.30pm Youth Cell
1st Sunday of each month
Monthly at various peoples homes or parks around the city
About Our Meetings
At Liverpool Walton, our services (or meetings as we call them) attract a wide and diverse mix of people from many different backgrounds, ages and walks of life. Our church is full of friendly, loving faces who’d love to say a big hello. We guarantee a very warm welcome!
Our worship style is aimed to suit all ages, with some traditional hymns, some traditional Salvation Army songs and some much more modern and recent worship. We like to have a mix of lively and reflective. We want our worship to be relevant.
We also have a section in our meetings, KidsZone, designed to engage the kids in family worship. This section involves kids taking to the stage and taking part in practical challenges with a biblical thought.
We love noise at Liverpool Walton, you don’t have to whisper in our church!
Our church is for everyone, no matter what age you are or what background you come from. Why not come and check us out, we would love to see you!
This room is specially designed for mums and dads to take their younger children to during our meetings so they can enjoy the meeting whilst attending to the needs of their children.
The Parenting Room is located at the back of our Main Worship Hall.
There are toys for children to play with in the Parenting Room which is (almost) completely soundproof. The room has a shaded window and its own speaker (with adjustable volume control for when children are asleep) so that everything going on in the main meeting can be seen and heard in the Parenting Room. There is a door on the other side of the room to a corridor for access to the rest of the building for use of toilets etc. If you're interested in using this room, just ask someone from the Welcome Team and they'll guide you in the right direction.
If you wish to, you can check your children into the crèche which starts in the Hub Coffee Shop at around 11am when the other kids activities start. Feel free to then sit in for the rest of the meeting.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does the meeting go on for?
Our meetings usually last about 90 minutes.
What do I wear to church?
Come as you are; wear whatever you are most comfortable in. Bring a Bible if you have one. If you don’t, we have loads of Bibles you can borrow in the Main Worship Hall. You could download the Bible App on your smart phone, we highly recommend it! Feel free to bring a note pad and pen to take notes if you like. We often use technology for interatctive slots in our meetings so feel free to bring your iPads, tablets and smart phones.
What time should I get to church?
About 15 minutes before the meeting starts would be a great time so you can park your car, find your seats, have a chat and visit the toilets etc.
Where do I sit?
Anywhere you like! We have a wonderful Welcome eam who would help you to find the seat you are most comfortable in.
Are there kid’s activities during the meetings?
Yes, we have activities that start at 11am. Kids will be led out of the main meeting by our Young Peoples Team during a song. Please see the ‘Childrens and Youth Ministries’ section for more info about our kids’ activities.
Do I have to pay to come to church?
There is no cost to attend church. There is an offering collection during our meetings but this is free-will. No one has to give; you are welcome to let the collection plate pass you.
Do you have disabled parking and seating?
We do have disabled parking spaces in both of our car parks but we cannot guarantee that they all be available. As for seating, give us a call and we will reserve a space for you.
Monday - Thursday 9am - 4pm
Friday 9am - 12.30pm
Sunday 10am - 2.30pm
This section mainly shows events and groups throughout the week that are run entirely by our church. There are many more groups and adult education classes etc on in the week that are run by different agencies and services. For more information please call our Community Office on 0151 525 4785.
12:00pm - 2:00pm Home League
7:30pm Ladies Fellowship
- 3rd Monday in the month
6pm - 7:15pm Kidz Club
7:30pm Bible Study
8:15pm - 10pm Band Practice
9:30am - 11:00am Playbox
- Parent & Tots
7:30pm - 9pm Body & Soul - 1st and last in the month
- Lifestyle Club
9:30am - 11:00am Playbox
- Parent & Tots
7:30pm - 9:15pm Songster Practice
7.30pm - 9.00pm Youth Cell
3rd Thursday of each month
9:30am - 11:30am Hope & Crèche
6pm - 7pm Rainbows
6pm - 7:15pm Brownies & Boys Club
7:45pm - 9pm Girl Guides
8.00pm - 10.00pm Fanfara Practice
2nd Friday of each month
Vision and Mission Statement
Corps Vision Statement
Through the Love of Christ, a place of Inclusion, Identity and Connection.
Corps Mission Statement
We seek to be transformed and empowered by Christ so that we can offer hope and change.
Therefore, regardless of race, creed, colour, gender or age:
- We want our Worship to be spirit filled, relevant, inclusive, contemporary and participatory.
- In our Discipleship, we seek a deeper sense of God’s presence and a focused, intense prayer-life.
- Through our Evangelism, we will offer opportunities to discover and enhance a personal relationship with Christ.
- Through Fellowship, we want to participate in people’s lives, working through developed relationships.
- Our Ministry, will be integrated so that all we do will be based on serving God and serving others and we will be confident in God’s ability to work in us, through us and amongst us.
Children's and Youth Ministries
On Sundays when kid's activities start, children will be led out of the main meeting by our Young Peoples' Team during a song at around 11am. The children split into their groups depending on their age.
Crèche (Ages 0 - 3)
The Crèche meet together in the Hub Coffee Shop. Under the leadership of Julie Ferns-Morgan, children in the Crèche get a chance to play together under supervision of adults whilst the rest of the church listen to the message from our Church Leaders. Whats happening in the meeting can be heard in the coffee shop through the tannoy system. Adults supervising the children rotate sessions on a monthly rota.
Primary (Ages 3 - 6)
The Primary meet in Room GP3. They are a very valuable part of our church family at Liverpool Walton. Under the leadership of Margaret Lacey, Becky McGinnigle and Janet Wills, the Primary enjoy hearing stories about Jesus, craft and playing games. The primary sometimes present items to the adults at Christmas and Easter and often take part in the main meetings ‘Kids Zone’.
Juniors (Ages 7 - 11)
The Juniors meet each week in the Community Hall. Led by Young Peoples Sergeant Major (YPSM) Sylvia Wills and assisted by a great team of YP Workers, the Juniors like to sing and dance, listen to stories from the Bible, make things, take on challenges, play games and love making a mess!
Liverpool Walton Youth Cell (High School - 25 years)
The Liverpool Walton Youth is a group of passionate young people with strong and courageous faith under the leadership of Corps Youth Secretary (CYS) Chris Longmore. When all together, there are about 35 members in the Youth Group. The youth meet for social time at 2.30pm on Sundays once a month in The Lounge and at 7.30pm on Thursdays once a month for Bible Study in Room GP2. Social time on Sundays usually involves pizza, socialising and a short thought. Bible Study on Thursdays usually helps the youth to look deeper into their faith and their lives as Christian's using published resources, all with coffee, tea, donuts and cake.
Are you or your kids aged 4 - 11 years olds? Then Kidz Klub is for you! Join us for bible stories, drama, games, songs, prizes, fun and mess.
Tuesdays - 6pm - 7.15pm (Term times only) here at The Salvation Army Liverpool Walton for £1
History of The Salvation Army Liverpool Walton
The Salvation Army Liverpool Walton was founded in March 1881. On Sunday March 27th 1881 Captain Josiah Taylor, aged 25, opened Salvation Army Corps No. 187, then known as 'Liverpool 2', and conducted the first meeting in a converted stable on Walton Road. The corps rented the former stable from 1881 until 1890 when they moved to a larger converted stable on Dane Street. The corps remained on Dane Street for 5 years and then moved back to Walton Road in 1895. Below is the only known photo which exists of the original Liverpool Walton building on Walton Road, which was used for 30 years. The photo was taken in 1911, just before it was demolished.
In 1911 the corps was able to purchase the land and demolished the old stable. Plans for a new hall were drawn up and the 'The Citadel' was built and then opened in the years 1915/16. Additional rooms were added to the new buildings YP Hall in 1925 and an interior renovation took place in 1977.
The building on Walton Road became in need of repair because of age and repeated vandalism. A new building was discussed in the mid 1980's but it wasn't until 1987 that the plans for our current building had been finalised. Construction of the new building started on 12th October 1987 and completion was reached just over a year later in November 1988.
The new and current building was opened on Cavendish Drive on January 21st 1989 by Comissioner and Mrs J. Read London ICO. The opening and dedication ceremony was attended by over 400 people with people having to stand. A celebration festival followed the opening ceremony in the evening, again attended by over 400 people.
Once moved and settled at Cavendish Drive, we went through a period of reidentification and over a space of time, adapted to the needs of our local community in our new location. A small community programme was started up in our building in the 1990's which involved a parent and toddler group once a week, a body and soul group and some other activities for children & youth and Over 60's. This all happened in our YP Hall. Over the rest of the 1990's we realised our need to cater even more for our community as our community programme grew. As it grew, we came to the realisation that our building wasn't ideal anymore for the number of people entering it throughout the week.
An extension was added to the original build on Cavendish Drive in 2005, heavily altering the appearance of the building and more than doubling it in size. The extension contained facilities for the new Community Centre, built to host the ever growing community programme. These new facilities included, a new main entrance and foyer, three new general purpose rooms, a second community hall, extra offices for staff, a second and larger kitchen and an IT Suite. The original 1989 part of the building was also renovated at this time. This involved turning the main worship hall around from its orignal length ways, to its present width ways and a general facelift to the rest of the building.
The newly extended building and community centre was opened in a dedication ceremony on July 2nd 2005 by Comissioners Keith and Pauline Banks.
- First Sunday School - February 1883
- Liverpool Walton Band - Commissioned 1885
- Liverpool Walton Young Peoples Band - Commissioned 1892
- Liverpool Walton Singing Company - Commissioned around 1900
- Liverpool Walton Songster Brigade - Commissioned 1921
Liverpool Walton, or 'Liverpool 2', was the second Salvation Army Corps to be opened in the City of Liverpool after Liverpool Toxteth Corps or 'Liverpool 1' was opened in 1879. At the Salvation Army's peak popularity, Liverpool Walton was one of over 20 Salvation Army's in the City of Liverpool.
History of The Salvation Army in Liverpool
The Salvation Army itself was founded in 1865 in East London. The Salvation Army became active in Liverpool on 4th August 1879 when the first corps (church), Liverpool Toxteth (also known as ‘Liverpool 1’), was opened. Archives from The Salvation Army International Heritage Centre in London have shown that at The Salvation Army’s peak popularity in the early 1900’s, there were over 20 Salvation Army corps in Liverpool alone!
The corps were Liverpool Toxteth (1), Liverpool Walton (2), Liverpool Bootle (3), Liverpool Breckfield, later renamed Liverpool Beacon (4), Liverpool Roscommon Street, later renamed Liverpool China Street, then Liverpool Everton (5), Liverpool Temple, later renamed Liverpool Congress Hall (6), Liverpool Seaforth (7), Liverpool Toxteth Park, later renamed Liverpool Dingle (8), Liverpool Kensington (9), Liverpool Waterloo (10), Liverpool Edge Hill (11), Liverpool Garston (12), Liverpool Old Swan (13), Liverpool Aintree (14), Liverpool Clubmoor (15), Liverpool Tuebrook (16), Liverpool Speke (17), Liverpool Belle Vale (18), Liverpool Childwall Valley (19) and Liverpool Stoneycroft (20). There were some other corps in the city that bared the Liverpool name but were not numbered. These include Liverpool Knotty Ash, Liverpool Wavertree and Liverpool Stancombe. There was also a small corps in Kirky, which wasn't considered part of the City of Liverpool when it opened.
Each corps in the city differed. Liverpool Temple/Liverpool Congress Hall was the most central corps in the city and opened in 1883. Being right in the heart of Liverpool it was often unofficially referred to as Liverpool Central Corps. It was a very large corps which also, for some time, held the Liverpool and North Wales Divisional Headquaters. However, when living space in the suburbs became cheaper and more expansive, people moved out of the city centre. This led to the corps becoming smaller. In the end, because of its facilities and sheer size (originally being a music hall with a 1000+ seater auditorium and a skating rink), Liverpool Congress Hall was used as a meeting place for huge divisional/regional Salvation Army events where hundreds of people from corps all over the Liverpool and North Wales Division, as it was known back then, would meet for special services and events like Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Christmas and Youth Councils etc. The Liverpool Congress Hall building was demolished in 1994 to make way for an office building.
The Salvation Army in Liverpool also has an extensive and very impressive history of social work.
Many hostels were opened in the city like Ann Fowler Women’s Hostel and Norton Street Men’s Hostel. The Salvation Army also opened children’s homes like Strawberry Field which was made famous by the Beatles. We also ran retirement homes such as Mary Fowler Eventide Home and the Oriel/Irlam Road Eventide Home in Bootle and had women’s hospitals and homes such as the Elmswood Maternity Hospital and Cradlehurst Home for Mothers and Infants/Chesterfield House. Social centres such as Park Lane and Great George Square Men’s Social Services Building were also being run by The Salvation Army. A furniture warehouse was also opened on Scottland Road in Vauxhall, just outside the city centre. From the 1940’s The Salvation Army even had a hotel and tearooms in Liverpool. The Salvation Army also had 5 Goodwill Centres across the city, in Dingle, Edge Hill, Everton, Speke and Wavertree.
The Salvation Army continues to work in the great City of Liverpool today through its church & community centres, charity shops and its Lifehouses. Today Liverpool Walton, Liverpool Stoneycroft, Liverpool Valley and Liverpool Bootle Corps are still very active in serving the city. There is also the Ann Fowler Lifehouse, Darbyshire Lifehouse and Green Lane Lifehouse helping those in need. There is a Salvation Army charity shop within the Liverpool Bootle building. The Salvation Army will also be reopening Strawberry Field to the public where there will be a new centre featuring a training centre for young people with special educational needs, and a new exhibition space dedicated to the story of the place. These activities have already started up in our Liverpool Wavertree building on Faraday Road. Check Strawberry Field out using the link below. http://strawberryfieldliverpool.com/
Over the years there have been corps in the following locations:
- Liverpool I (Liverpool Toxteth), Park Place, Toxteth, opened 1879. Later moving to Yates Street, Toxteth.
- Liverpool II (Liverpool Walton), Walton Road, Walton, opened 1881. Corps located on Cavendish Drive, Walton as of January 1989.
- Liverpool III (Liverpool Bootle), Stanley Road, Bootle, opened 1881.
- Liverpool IV (Liverpool Breckfield), Breck Road, Everton, opened 1881 and closed in 2006. Later moving to St Domingo Road, Everton and becoming Liverpool Beacon.
- Liverpool V (Liverpool Roscommon), Roscommon Street, Everton, opened 1881. The corps was renamed Liverpool China Street when it relocated to China Street, and then Liverpool Everton
- Liverpool VI (Liverpool Temple), Pembroke Place, Central Liverpool, opened in 1883. The corps was renamed Liverpool Congress Hall and was also unofficially known as Liverpool Central Corps. A large office block now stands in the corps place.
- Liverpool VII (Liverpool Seaforth), Seaforth Vale North, Seaforth, opened in 1888.
- Liverpool VIII (Liverpool Toxteth Park), Park Road, Dingle, opened in 1889. The corps was later renamed Liverpool Dingle.
- Liverpool IX (Liverpool Kensington), Coleridge Street, Kensington, opened in 1899. Now the home to Elim Church Kensington.
- Liverpool X (Liverpool Waterloo), 47 East Street, Waterloo, opened 1891.
- Liverpool XI (Liverpool Edge Hill), Earle Road, Wavertree, opened in 1892.
- Liverpool XII (Liverpool Garston), Woolton Road, Garston, opened in 1902.
- Liverpool XIII (Liverpool Old Swan), Prescot Road, Old Swan, opened in 1902.
- Liverpool XIV (Liverpool Aintree), Longmoor Lane, Aintree, opened in 1904.
- Liverpool XV (Liverpool Clubmoor), Daneville Road, Clubmoor, opened in 1907 and closed in 2006.
- Liverpool XVI (Liverpool Tuebrook), Chester Road, Tuebrook, opened in 1929.
- Liverpool ---- (Liverpool Knotty Ash), Little Bongs, off East Prescot Road, Knotty Ash, opened in 1934.
- Liverpool XVII (Liverpool Speke), Beaconsfield Road, Speke, opened in 1959. Closed in 2006.
- Liverpool XVIII (Liverpool Belle Vale), Mildenhall Road, Childwall, opened in 1961.
- Liverpool XIX (Liverpool Childwall Valley), Mildenhall Road, Childwall, opened in 1974.
- Liverpool XX (Liverpool Stoneycroft), Prescot Road, Old Swan, opened in 1997.
There are also records at The Salvation Army's International Heritage Centre of there being a Liverpool Stancombe Corps, opening in 1909 and a Liverpool Knotty Ash Corps, but little is known about where these corps were located, the year in which they opened or how long they were around for.
There was also a small corps in Kirkby, however this didn't bare a Liverpool name or number as Kirkby wasn't considered part of the City of Liverpool at the time of opening.
Other nearby corps included:
- Birkenhead I (Birkenhead Central), Wesley Street, Birkenhead, opened 1881. Now located on Vincent Street in Birkenhead Town Centre.
- Birkenhead II (Birkenhead North), Brook Street, Birkenhead, opened 1882.
- Moreton, Barnston Lane, Moreton.
- New Ferry, Back New Chester Road, New Ferry.
- Ormskirk, location unknown.
- Rock ferry, Old Chester Road, Rock Ferry, opened 1882. First located in Booths Yard, then New Chester Road, moving to Oriel Road in 1915, then to its current location on Old Chester Road in 1955.
- Seacombe, location unknown.
- Skelmersdale, location unknown.
- Wallasey, Poulton Road, Wallasey.
Sunday 21st July 2019
This Sundays meeting will be led by Captains Michael and Alison Hutchings, corps officers at Southport Citadel Salvation Army
Official Welcome of Majors Chris and Lin Herbert
Sunday 28th July 2019
On this day, we offically welcome our new church leaders, Majors Chris and Lin Herbert. They have recently been serving as Divisional Mission Enablers in Yorkshire Division of The Salvation Army. Our Corps Sergeant Major, Heather Elliott, will be leading worship with staff from DHQ coming to conduct the formal installation of our new church leaders.
The meeting will be followed by a faith lunch, where members of our church will be able to meet our new church leaders.
Friday 18th - Sunday 20th October 2019
On this weekend, our church will be on a retreat in Shropshire. There will be no service on the Sunday, but everything will be back to normal on the Monday!
October 2019 - Date TBC
Christmas Carol Concerts
Sunday 15th December 2019
Join us here at Liverpool Walton this Chtistmas as we celebrate our Celebrating Christmas Carol Concerts.
These are going to be spectacular concerts, capturing the joyous spirit of Christmas through Christmas carols, readings, dance, music and traditional nativity.
Your FREE tickets will be available to order as of November. To get them, call our Community Office on 0151 525 4785, email email@example.com or drop in to see us. Keep posted on this website and any of our social media sites for upcoming info.
See you there!
Traditional Carol Concert
Sunday 22nd December 2019
Another FREE event for you and the whole family, an evening of classic carols, seasonal readings, and traditional nativity tableau. There will be hot drinks and homemade mince pies after the service so don’t miss out!
Christmas Day Family Worship
As a church, we believe that it is important to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. Why not come on Christmas Day to explore this.
Liverpool Walton Band of The Salvation Army
The Liverpool Walton Band of Salvation Army is a group of talented and dedicated brass players and is 31 in size. Players are all members of our church and range in age from mid-teens to 80+. Members share a desire to praise God through playing. The band was established in 1885, 4 years after the corps opening. Still today, over 130 years later, the band plays an essential part in our worship at Liverpool Walton, and in delivering the gospel of Jesus Christ to the people in Liverpool. The band is currently under the leadership of our Bandmaster, Peter Elliott. The Band can be seen bringing the message of the gospel at events in the city, such as LightNight, religious festivals like the Pentecost Pageant and at Christmas which is a particularly busy time for the band.
Liverpool Walton Songster Brigade
The Liverpool Walton Songster Brigade was established in 1921, almost 100 years ago, and is our senior choir. It currently consists of 55 passionate members ranging in age from early-teens to 80+. The songsters bring the message of the gospel to people through singing and can be heard each Sunday during our meetings. The Songsters play a vital role in our worship. The brigade is currently under the leadership of our Songster Leader, Lynsey Lacey, and Deputy Songster Leader, Kevin Elliott, assisted by our Songster Secretary, Glyn Samuel, our Songster Sergeant, Margaret Lacey, our Songster Librarian, Lorna Richardson, and Songster Pianist, Glyn Griffiths. We also have bass and percussion to accompany the pianist. We are very blessed to have our own Girl's Chorus within our songsters. The songsters often take part in special events and deliver programmes to churches and other Salvation Army corps all over the UK. In 2001, Liverpool Walton Songsters travelled down south to take part in the Boscombe Easter Convention where they sang the song 'Easter Tale' which had been specially written for them by Wayne and Darren Bartlett. They have even travelled over-seas, like when the brigade travelled to Holland to deliver programmes there.
The songsters visited Wigan Salvation Army in November 2017 as they celebrated 130 years of The Salvation Army's work in the town and Nelson Salvation Army in February 2018 to help them celebrate 137 years of work in the town. Most recently, the songsters visited St Teresa of Avila RC Church in the December of 2018. They gave a programme which included a finale involving the children from St Teresa's Catholic Infnant and Nursery School. All money collected during the event went to the school. In February 2019, Liverpool Walton Songsters hosted the International Staff Songsters of The Salvation Army for a weekend. The weekend went down tremendously with packed out concerts & meetings and God at the centre of all that was done.
If you would like to contact the songsters, please email them at LWSongsters@outlook.com
Liverpool Walton Singing Company
The Liverpool Walton Singing Company is the junior choir and was established in the early 1900’s. It consists of 26 members, their age raging between 7 and late-teens. The Singing Company takes part in worship each week and delivers the gospel to our congregation through some truly fantastic songs. The Singing Company is currently under the leadership of our Singing Company Leader, Kat Samuel.
Liverpool Walton Young Peoples Band
The Liverpool Walton Y.P. Band (our junior band) was started in 1892 and is another important section at Liverpool Walton, inspiring the younger generation through brass music. They are just over 25 in size and take part in worship on the first Sunday of each month. The Y.P. Band is currently under the leadership of our Young Peoples Band Leader, Neil Lacey, and Assistant Young Peoples Band Leader, Steph Samuel, not to forget an amazing team of helpers constantly tutoring new members to play their instruments. The Singing Company and Y.P. Band work closely together and much is planned for them to take part in, in the future.
The Worship Band
The worship band at Liverpool Walton is responsible for our modern and contemporary worship. The worship band consists of about 12 members. They lead several songs during Sunday meetings. Instruments include piano, keyboard, guitar, bass guitar, drums, brass and vocals. The worship band leads the congregation in songs produced by the likes of Hillsong, Spring Harvest, LIFE Worship and many other contemporary Christian artists.
Liverpool Walton Sections - Oldies
Bandmaster - Charles Lockett
Bandmaster - Charles Lockett
Songster Leader - Ike Ward
Songster Leader - J.H. Roberts
Liverpool Walton Singing Company and YP Band in 1933
Bandmaster - Charles Lockett
Bandmaster - Brian Twist
Songster Leader - Tony Stephens
Singing Company Leader - Avis Elliott
YP Band Leader - Kevin Elliott
Timbrel Leader - Betty Elliott
Home League Singers Leader - Mary Elliott
Bandmaster - Brian Twist
Songster Leader - Tony Stephens
Singing Company Leader - Mary Elliott
YP Band Leader - Jeff Pearson
Bandmaster - Gordon Elliott
Songster Leader - Brian Twist
Songster Leader - Brian Twist
Bandmaster - Kevin Elliott
Songster Leader - Lynsey Lacey
Songster Leader - Lynsey Lacey
Songster Leader Mary Elliott
Prayer changes things! Here at Liverpool Walton, we have a committed group of people within our church who will pray for someone as soon as they possibly can. There will always be someone within the building who is willing to pray with you upon request and offer pastoral support. If you would like the church to pray for you or for a situation you find yourself in, please don’t hesitate to ask a member of staff or leave a prayer note on the prayer requests notice board in the Prayer Room. Prayers can be left anomalously if you prefer.
Our Prayer Room has just been refurbished and is open throughout the week during the centres opening times. It is a very calm and tranquil place.
Please feel free to use the Prayer Room for quiet reflection and prayer.
New Baby and a New Junior Soldier!
We've had a great day (12th May 2019) at Liverpool Walton, enrolling a new junior soldier and welcoming a new baby into our great church family! Lovely day to celebrate our growing church... and of course, with cake! We pray a special blessing over these young lives, full of Gods potential.
Songster Local Officers
Another fantastic Sunday as we commissioned our Songster Sergeant, Secretary, Librarian and Pianist. We are very thankful to God for blessing our church with those who love to participate in worship through our songsters (senior choir). With so many members, it is important to have a strong team who ensure everything behind the scenes runs smoothly. We look forward to some great opportunities to share God's love through music together.
Happy Easter! He Is Risen!
This morning (April 7th 2019) we were blessed to formally welcome 6 adherent members to our church! Some have worshiped and been involved in our church activities for a number of years and some more recently. We heard some fantastic testimonies that really inspired us all. They each had a different story, but all spoke of how their lives were impacted by the love and sense of family they felt in our church. Another great day!
Today (28th March) we said a huge thank you to Gill Collings and Wally Stockley as they retired. Gill has worked at our church for 17 years now, firstly as Community Manager and in recent years, Community Administor. Wally has been our volunteer caretaker for the last 5 years and our Assistant Corps Treasurer for 23 years. We are so grateful to them both for who they have been, what they have brought and their influence and dedication. We pray God's blessing on them for their future and wish them a very happy retirement!
Today (27th March) we celebrate our 138th birthday! On March 27th 1881, The Salvation Army opened its second corps (church) in Liverpool, in Walton. Since then we’ve been busy serving the community and sharing the gospel of Jesus. Not only are we 138 years old, but this year, in August to be exact, we celebrate that The Salvation Army has been at work in the great city of Liverpool for 140 years, with the opening of Liverpool Toxteth Salvation Army in 1879. The coming of The Salvation Army to Liverpool caused quite a stir, and according to The Salvation Army’s International Heritage Centre, led to the opening of another 21 corps in total. We also share our founding year with another three corps opening in 1881: Liverpool Bootle (now shortened to Bootle), Liverpool Breckfield (later renamed Liverpool Breck Road, then Liverpool Beacon) and Liverpool Roscommon Street (later renamed Liverpool China Street after it moved). It would be great to hear from people who have past connections to the previous Salvation Army’s in the city.
Find us on YouTube!
We're happy to announce that our church media team have recently opened a YouTube channel. This is yet another fantastic way for us to share our videos and recordings. Feel free to visit our channel on the link below and like our videos. Don't forget to Subscribe!
Visit of The International Staff Songsters of The Salvation Army
Words can't explain how much we enjoyed hosting the International Staff Songsters. We were blessed to kick off the weekend on Saturday night with the International Staff Songsters in their first concert here at Liverpool Walton. An excellent evening, a packed out hall with just under 300 who had come to listen, and a variety of music to suit everyone's taste. A number of soloists took part and it was inspiring to see God at the centre of all that happened. Sunday followed with the ISS leading morning worship and then another concert in the afternoon equally as amazing as Saturday nights. We would like to thank the ISS for all the brough to our church that weekend and for celebrating us for who, we, at Liverpool Walton are. We would also like to thank some of our own people who helped the entire weekend to run so smoothy. So thank you to our songster locals, the car park team, our chef & the rest of the catering team, our set up team, our welcome team and so many more. We thank God for such an inspiring weekend.
30 Years on Cavendish Drive!Today (21st January 2019) we celebrate 30 years of serving the community from our present location on Cavendish Drive. On Saturday 21st January 1989, we officially opened our current building and have been busy here ever since. Both our building and our surroundings have changed a lot since we opened. We’ve doubled the size of our building, renovated the existing bit and have had numerous neighbours such as the Children’s Centre, and new housing built next to us. But after all this change, we are still here for the same purpose… to serve our community, to be a place of inclusion, identity and connection, to offer hope and change and to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. We’re sure that many of you who follow our social media pages and view our website will have some fond memories of Cavendish Drive and so here are some photos from the last 30 years.
A Huge Thank You!
After an extremely well supported and busy Christmas Appeal, we are now able to publish what we achieved with the amazing donations. 637 people were provided for in many different ways and thousands of gifts given. Thank you to everyone who donated and helped Christmas happen for those in need.
Recently, we celebrated that on the 21st of this month (January), we will have been in our current location for 30 years! We had the most awesome 80's themed night, complete with an 80's style buffet, solo and group artists, the Generation Game, mobile phone photo booth, a cinema area with a viewing of the opening video from 1989 and the most amazing 1980's fashion. Thanks to all who were involved in organising this fantastic night. And if you haven't yet been in our building lately, feel free to visit anytime! We'd love to see you.
Community Centre & Courses
We've been running our Community Centre since its opening in 2005. We currently host a number of courses each day ran by Liverpool City Council Adult Learning Service, WEA and many other organisations. The courses vary from IT, Art, Dressmaking and History to English and Maths. Please don't hesitate to contact us via phone or email for further information about the latest courses.
If you would like to rent a room for a course or conference etc. please see the 'Room Hire' section of our website for details.
Mini Melodies UK
This is a new group that has started over the last few weeks and it's fantastic for your little ones! Give Francesca Hindley a call for more information or just come along next Tuesday Mini Melodies UK
We have been partnering the Creative Support for quite a while now and they have been able to support a number of our people. If you know of anyone who would benefit from their services, John will be in The Hub Mondays 10:00 - 12:30 each week.
Free Internet Access & Laptops
Do you need FREE INTERNET and use of a LAPTOP...
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The Hub Coffee Shop
The Hub Coffee Shop is open Monday to Thursday (9.00am – 3.00pm)
Please note that The Hub Coffee Shop is only open during term times and therefore is closed throughout all school holidays.
THE HUB WILL BE ONLY BE OPEN ON THURSDAYS BETWEEN MONDAY 22ND JULY 2019 AND MONDAY 2ND SEPTMBER 2019. The coffee shop will be closed all other days.
During the 6-weeks summer holidays, The Hub Coffee Shop is open 9am - 3pm on Thursdays only, on what we call 'Whatever the Weather Thursdays'. Numerous activities are on in our building suited for children and their parents.
Food Hygiene Rating – 5/5 (Very Good) by Food Standards Agency
A warm welcome awaits all students at Liverpool Walton! With over 70,000 students, Liverpool is by far one of the most popular and loved student cities in the UK. Liverpool has 3 large universities: University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University and Liverpool Hope University. Liverpool also has the City of Liverpool College and LIPA as well as Edge Hill University just down the road in Ormskirk.
At Liverpool Walton we have the privilege of welcoming many students studying in Liverpool to our church each year. We have a fantastic bunch of youth, students and graduates who’d make you feel really welcome.
If you are coming to study in Liverpool and are looking for a church or looking to continue worshipping at a Salvation Army corps, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us by phone, email or social media. We'd be happy to answer any questions you have about our church or student life in Liverpool.
Our Corps Youth Secretary, Chris, studied in Liverpool at University of Liverpool only a few years ago and our Student Contact/Assistant Corps Sergeant Major, James, is currently studying at Liverpool John Moores University. They are happy to answer any questions you may have. Their contact details are below...
Email our CYS, Chris Longmore - firstname.lastname@example.org
Email our Student Contact, James Griffiths - email@example.com
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Free Sunday dinners easily arranged!!!
We try our best to ensure that students coming to Liverpool Walton get a lift to church and back. However, here are some travel details in case this isn't possible.
If you're living in student accomodation in town and are coming from Liverpool City Centre, use bus routes 20 to Tower Hill or 21 to Northwood from Queen Square Bus Station, Stand 8. These buses come every 5-10 minutes and take about 20 minutes to reach the Rice Lane, Cavendish Drive junction where we are located just behind the Sainsbury's store. If you are using the Merseyrail local train network, go to either Liverpool Central Underground Station or Moorfields Underground Station, and get the Northern Line (blue line) train either Kirby bound, and get off at Rice Lane Station, or Ormskirk bound, and get off at Walton Station. These trains come every 10-15 minutes. We are located a 10 minute walk down Rice Lane from both of these stations.
Many student choose to live in a house after their first year in university. The suburbs of Kensington (near the city centre) & Wavertree, Old Swan and Tuebrook (all in South Liverpool) are most popular for student housing. If coming from Wavertree, get the 60 bus on Smithdown Road from the bus stops at either Arundel Avenue, Gresford Avenue or Hawarden Avenue towards Bootle New Strand. Alternatively, if Picton Road is closer to your house, get the 60 bus from Rathbone Road. This bus continue through the rest of Wavertree, and through Old Swan, Tuebrook, West Derby and Clubmoor. After about 25 minutes, get off when you reach Queens Drive, Delf Lane bus stop. Then walk onto Rice Lane towards Cavendish Drive (Sainsbury's is on the right hand side) where we are situated behind the store.
At Liverpool Walton, we have a number of agencies and groups who rent our rooms. Ours rooms are available for hire from Monday to Thursday (9.00am - 5.00pm).
There are buffet options available for all of the rooms below at some extra cost. See the end of this section for details.
To book a room or for more information, please contact Jeanette Griffiths (Community Programme Co-ordinator) by calling our Community Office on 0151 525 4785 or via email - firstname.lastname@example.org
(Please be aware that our entire building has very recelty been redecorated and some rooms refurbished. We are awaiting new photos of these rooms to upload to this website)
Main Worship Hall - ideal for conferences, award ceremonies, school assemblies & productions, examinations and gala/banquet meals etc. The Worship Hall has a large alterable stage and a soundproof room for children. There is a large Yamaha grand piano, amps for bass guitars and electric accoustic guitars and a drum kit.
AV/Mulitmedia/lighting - The AV system was replaced in November/December 2017 with the latest Martin Audio and Allen & Heath equipment. There are two large passive Martin Audio speakers suspended from trussing in the ceiling and two Laney monitors on the floor for stage/band use. In terms of microphones, we have 5 hand-held mics (3 wireless and 2 wired), 2 head-set mics, stage mics and a brand new digital soundboard for mixing these channels (and channels for PC sound, CD Player, Aux Cable). There is a Loop system for those with hearing aids. The AV system in the Worship Hall is connected to screens and speakers in the foyer and around the rest of the building. These can be used or switched off depending on your needs. In terms of visual equipment, we have one large screen & OHP in the centre of the front wall, and another pointing to the back wall for stage use. In terms of lighting, we have the normal ceiling lighting, white spotlights & LED colour lighting and the option to put uplighter silver floor lamps around the perimeter of the room. The Worship Hall costs £30/hour.
Capacity: Theatre Style - 250, Cabaret Style - 100.
Secondary (YP) Hall - ideal for use for conferences, a classroom and for childrens activities. There is a servery area through the wall to Kitchen 1. The Secondary Hall costs £20/hour.
Capacity: Theatre Style - 80, Cabaret Style - 54.
Worship Hall with Expansion Zone (Secondary Hall)
The wall between the Main Worship Hall and the Secondary Hall is a bi-folding wall and can be opened to increase the size of the Main Worship Hall from 228m² to 320m². This setting is ideal for the larger conferences & events we host and for examinations etc. In terms of multimedia, there are speakers in the expansion zone that are linked the main sound system. There are no screens but the screens in the Main Worship Hall can still be clearly seen. The ceiling in the expansion zone is a dropped/suspended ceiling and so is lower than the ceiling in the Main Worship Hall, but again this doesn’t obstruct acoustics or view. The Main Worship Hall with Expansion Zone costs £40/hour
Capacity: Theatre Style - 350, Cabaret Style - 160, Examinations - 100
Community Hall - ideal for conferences, a classroom, a training room and a canteen. There is servery area through the wall to Kitchen 2. The Community Hall costs £20/hour.
Capacity: Theatre Style - 70, Cabaret Style - 50.
IT Suite (GP4) - Conisists of 11 Lenovo PC's with Windows 10. The room also has a Smart Board with OHP, 2 HP laser jet printers and 2 HP scanners. This room costs £25/hour.
GP2 - ideal for use as a classroom, larger meeting room and training room. GP2 has a sink and worktop area as well as its own private WC. This room costs £20/hour.
Capacity: Theatre Style - 20, Cabaret Style - 12.
GP3 - ideal for use as a classroom, larger meeting room and training room. GP3 has a sink and worktop area as well as its own private WC. This room costs £20/hour.
Capacity: Theatre Style - 20, Cabaret Style - 12.
Kitchen - ideal for culinary courses for around 8 people and for catering for your own event, Kitchen 2 is the largest kitchen of the 3 in our building. The kitchen is fully equipped, containing refrigerators, freezers, a large gas oven and 6 ring hob (with industrial extractor fan), a chinaware warmer & heated buffet server (6 buffet pans), a gas grill, a microwave, 3 sinks (hand wash, utensil wash & food wash), a hot water urn and a large dish washer. Utensils such as knives, rolling pins, pots, pans and trays etc are available.
We provide cleaning products (washing up liquid and sterilising surface spray) and tea towels. There are plates (small, medium and large), bowls, mugs, glasses and cutlery etc also available. In the centre of the kitchen are 2 stainless steel prep tables. Toasters and smaller kettles can be provided.
This kitchen has one serving hatch opening to the Community Hall.
Kitchen 1 costs £15/hour
Small Meeting Room - ideal for small meetings of up to 6 people or a one to one room. The meeting room has a PC and screen for presentations. This rooms costs £10/hour.
The Lounge - Refurbished in January 2019, The Lounge is a modern and comfotable setting with sofa seating for around 20 people. The Lounge has four 2-seater and four 3-seater sofas, 4 large oak coffee tables, oak sideboard, and a Sharp plasma screen TV with Freeview & a DVD Player and an iPod Dock. There is a servery area through the wall to Kitchen 1. This room costs £18/hour.
Car Parking - We have 2 car parks at Liverpool Walton, consisting of 40 spaces, plus plenty of street parking. Car Park A (front of building) has 10 spaces and Car Park B (Back of building), which is shared with the Childrens Centre next door, has 30 spaces. There is disabled parking in both car parks. Both car parks are well lit at night, have good drainage and CCTV cameras cover both car parks. Vehicles are left in the car parks at the owners risk. The Salvation Army will not take responsibility for theft or damage to vehicles.
Cold Buffet Options
Option 1 - £3 per head & VAT
Sandwiches - Ham, Cheese, Egg
Option 2 - £4 per head & VAT
Sandwiches - Ham, Cheese, Egg
Option 3 - £5 per head & VAT
Sandwiches - Ham, Cheese, Egg
Extras - All plus VAT
Fruit Platter - £1 per head
Jug of Juice - £1 per jug
Tea/Coffee/Biscuits - £1 per head
Travel & Directions
Being situated in the inner suburbs of Liverpool, it's pretty easy to find your way to us from all directions. Here is some travel advice...
Sat Nav - enter the address below into your Sat Nav. This will take you to the front of our building. The Salvation Army, Cavendish Drive, Walton, Liverpool, L9 1NB. If you don't have a Sat Nav, more details for car travel are at the bottom of this section.
If your coming from Liverpool City Centre, use bus routes 20 to Tower Hill or 21 to Northwood from Queen Square Bus Station, Stand 8. The 20 and 21 buses come every 5-10 minutes and take about 20 minutes to reach the Rice Lane, Cavendish Drive junction where we are located behind the Sainsbury's store. Another option is the 345 to Waddicar/Melling from Queen Square Bus Station, Stand 10. This bus comes every 30 minutes and takes 20 minutes to reach us. For late travel, the 20X to Knowsley Industrial Park/Kirkby from Queen Square Bus Station, Stand 8 is a late bus that operates 2 services from Queen Square between 9pm and midnight.
The bus routes 159 to Fazakerley and 215 (North Circular) will drop you off right on our doorstep at Cavendish Drive Termnius. The 159 reaches us after its passed through the following Liverpool suburbs- Fazakerley, Old Roan, Netherton Old Roan Station, Netherton Magdalene Square, Litherland, Seaforth, Bootle Stand Shopping Centre, Kirkdale and Walton. The 215 reaches us after its passed through the following Liverpool suburbs- Warbreck Fazakerley, Croxteth, Norris Green, Townsend Avenue, Clubmoor and stops at Cavendish Drive Terminus. The buses do not enter Central Liverpool.
From the city - If using Merseyrail, the local train network, go to either Liverpool Central Underground Station or Moorfields Underground Station, and get the Northern Line (Blue Line) train Kirky bound and get off at Rice Lane Station or Ormskirk bound to Walton Station. These trains come every 10-15 minutes. We are located a 10 minute walk down Rice Lane from both of these stations.
National Rail Services - There are two terminal stations in Liverpool, Liverpool Lime Street Station and Liverpool South Parkway Station. Liverpool Lime Street offers services to and from all major towns and cities over the UK, inluding Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and London. Liverpool South Parkway offers services to and from most North Western town and cities such as Blackpool, Wigan and Warrington.
Believe it or not, we have had people travel to us from other parts of the country and overseas by plane. Liverpool John Lennon Airport, situated in South Liverpool, is just a 25 minute drive from our building. The airport offers flights to and from most European countries, Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
Car (No Sat Nav)
The M62, M57 and M58 motorways are all located within a 15 minute drive of our building. Other key routes close by include the East Lancs Road and the Queensway and Kingsway Tunnels.
M62 - The M62 ends at the border of Liverpool, in Broad Green. Exit the motorway onto Bowring Park Road and follow the road under the flyover and onto Queens Drive (A5058). From here its pretty simple, follow signs towards Bootle/Docks along Queens Drive for 4 miles until you see Alsop High School on your left. Soon after passing the high school, exit Queens Drive onto the Breeze Hill Roundabout and take the 3rd exit onto Rice Lane. Carry on down Rice Lane 500 metres until you see Clockview Hospital on the left and a large Sainsbury's store on the right. Take a right turn onto Cavendish Drive at this junction and we're just behind Sainsbury's.
Switch Island (M57 and M58) - Once off one of the motorways, you are on what is known locally as Switch Island. Follow sign posts to City Centre or Liverpool Central Attractions. Go onto the A59 (Ormskirk Road) where you will see a large ASDA Walmart Supercentre on the left. Continue down the A59 until you reach Sainsbury’s at Rice Lane. You will see a road sign reading ‘Salvation Army’ pointing to Cavendish Drive. Turn left onto Cavendish Drive and continue past Sainsbury’s for a minute. You’ll see our building on the left, behind Sainsbury’s, just beyond a relatively new housing development.
East Lanc Road - The East Lancs Road leads straight to Queens Drive (A5058). When at Queens Drive, turn right onto it. Carry on down Queens Drive until you see Alsop High School on your left. Soon after passing the high school, exit Queens Drive onto the Breeze Hill Roundabout and take the 3rd exit onto Rice Lane. Carry on down Rice Lane 500 metres until you see Clockview Hospital on the left and a large Sainsbury's store on the right. Take a right turn onto Cavendish Drive at this junction and we're just behind Sainsbury's.
Queensway/Kingsway Tunnels (From The City) - The Queensway Tunnel ends right in the heart of Liverpool City Centre at Old Haymarket. The Kingsway Tunnel ends a bit further away from the city centre in Vauxhall. For Queensway Tunnel users, at the end of the tunnel, take the second exit on the roundabout onto Byrom Street (A59). You will know when you're on Byrom Street after you've driven under a network of flyovers and the road opens out into a huge 10 lane boulevard with one of Liverpool John Moores University's campuses on the right. Continue to follow the A59 all the way from Byrom Street past the Kingsway Tunnel onto Scotland Road. For Kingsway Tunnel users, once outof the tunnel, exit the expressway using the first slip road. Here you will end up on Scotland Road. From here both tunnel users route is the same. Continue down Scotland Road, then onto Kirkdale Road, then Walton Road, then County Road until you reach Breeze Hill Roundabout with the Queens Drive flyover crossing the centre. Take the 2nd exit onto Rice Lane (still the A59). At the junction with Clockview Hospital on the left and Sainsbury’s on the right, turn right into Cavendish Drive. Continue on Cavendish Drive for a minute and you’ll see our building on the left, behind Sainsbury’s, just beyond a relatively new housing development.
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