The Salvation Army Liverpool Walton
Through the Love of Christ, a place of Inclusion, Identity and Connection.
This church in your community is here for you.
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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 team 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 costing £3504 (£415,459 in todays money) The Citadel's worship hall was designed to seat 200 or 400 standing, and the YP Hall was designed to seat 100 or 200 standing. 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 first discussed in 1983 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 remainder 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, reception and foyer, three new general purpose rooms, a second community hall, extra offices for the additional staff required to run the centre, a second and larger kitchen and an IT Suite. The original 1989 part of the building was also heavily 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.
As we continue into the new millennium, we are constantly adapting our programme for our community.
- 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 of 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) Corps, Wesley Street, Birkenhead, Wirral, opened 1881. Now located on Vincent Street in Birkenhead Town Centre.
- Birkenhead II (Birkenhead Bidston) Corps, Birkenhead, Wirral, opened 1882.
- Birkenhead III (Birkenhead Park) Corps, Brook Street, Birkenhead, Wirral, opened 1947.
- Moreton Corps, Barnston Lane, Moreton, Wirral.
- New Ferry Corps, Back New Chester Road, New Ferry, Wirral.
- Ormskirk Corps, location unknown.
- Rock Ferry Corps, Old Chester Road, Rock Ferry, Wirral, 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 Corps, Demesne Street, Seacombe, Wirral.
- Skelmersdale Corps, location unknown.
- Wallasey Corps, Poulton Road, Wallasey, Wirral.
First Sunday of the New Year
Sunday 5th January 2020
Please bare with us whilst we complete our full list of dates and events for 2020. We will add them to this website as soon as possible. In the meantime please use our social media sites for events details.
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. As of September 2019, it consists of 56 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 our bassist, Tom Elliott, and percussionist by, Ben Griffiths. We are very blessed to have two of our members, Mary Elliott and Neil Lacey, in the International Staff Songsters of The Salvation Army.
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've even travelled over-seas, like when the brigade travelled to Holland to deliver programmes there.
Recent events for the songsters include visiting 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 Infant 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. Much more is planned for the Songsters in the year 2020.
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 28 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 26 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.
Happy New Year!
As welcome 2020, we wish you all a very happy and peaceful new year. God bless you all.
It's been a tough 4 months as we've been out of our building for Sunday services but we're back at home! The project included the stripping of all outer covering and materials, the dismantling of the original roof structure, which had been damaged since it was built 30 years ago, the erection of a new roof structure which was much stronger than the original and the recovering of the roof. The Main Worship Hall has also recieved a makeover with a new look ceiling, refurbished walls, more natural light and an electrical refit. Take a look below at the photos of our first Sunday back at home.
Our popular Festive Menu is now available in The Hub Coffee Shop. So why not come in and treat yourself to a Festive Lunch this coming Advent Season.
Yesterday we celebrated Harvest! Our meetings were led by Majors Allister and Kathy Versfeld, who have been worshipping with us for a whole year now! The congregation gave their harvest offerings and Kathy spoke to us about how God wants fruitful Christians. Afterward, we celebrated with a BBQ back at our own building up the road. Overall a great day!
Settling into our Temporary Home
All is going very well on Sundays at Northcote Primary School! We are settling in really well... even making use of the outdoor facilities!! Feel free to join us at 10.30am, we'd love to see you.
Welcome to our new Church Leaders, Lin and Chris Herbert!
Today we officially welcomed and installed our new church leaders, Lin and Chris Herbert! What a fantastic meeting packed full of vibrancy and anticipation for what lies ahead. Chris reminded us of the many heroes of faith that have been part of our journey to this day. We thank God for them, and know that there is so much more to come for Liverpool Walton.
Young People's Sunday
At the start of the month, our Young People and their leaders led Sunday morning worship. The kids took on roles of the adults and were involved all the way through. Our YP Band took the place of the senior band, the singing company took the place of the songsters, kids read the bible readings, the announcements and said prayers. We heard a piano solo and all 50+ children in our church received a prize. Our YPSM (kids ministries leader), Sylvia, reminded all children that God thinks we're all special. A truly fantastic day.
Farewell to Jim and Sharon
We've had both a sad and great morning at Liverpool Walton. Today we said farewell to our lovely church leaders, Sharon and Jim Duff. We remembered the last 7 years as we heard tributes from the Young Peoples Team, the Community Team and the Senior Church. We pray that God will be with Jim, Sharon and Chloe as they make their move to Sheffield Citadel and look forward to them when they visit in the future.
Last Night of the Proms
Last month, we had a Last Night of the Proms event. Fanfara and Liverpool Walton Songsters (our church choir) brought some fantastic items which were thoroughly enjoyed by all. All proceeds from the evening went towards some extensive building work on our roof here at Liverpool Walton. Thank you to Fanfara, the songsters and all who organised or helped out in any way!
Playbox with Mr Tumble!
What a fabulous end of term for our Playbox groups with a visit from Mr Tumble!!! The children loved it ... so did the parents!
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!
Community Centre & Courses
We've been running community activities in our current building since the early 1990's. We outgrew our building and so extended it, opening our full Community Centre in July 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.
Tuesdays from 10am ran by Deicy Foran. Call us for more info.
The Alpha Course
Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone's welcome. It runs in cafés, churches, universities, homes—you name it. No two Alphas look the same, but generally they have three key things in common: food, a talk and good conversation.
Why not try it?
NEW GROUP STARTING!! Healthy Me - Mondays 1:30 - 2:30 Baby Weaning Group Includes cooking demonstrations, taste testing, suggestions and support. Book a place by ringing 0151 233 3760.
Messy Monsters Play! Every Tuesday at 9:30 .... different textures to explore, chalks, sand, paints, food and more! Different activities each week and it’s FREE
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...
to help with job searches, paying bills, making appointments, benefit applications/changes, emailing and other matters? ... WE CAN HELP ... ask in the office and we can provide access to both whilst you are in the centre.
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.
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
Please note that The Hub Coffee Shop will close for the Holidays at 3pm on Thursday 12th December 2019. It will reopen at 9am on Monday 6th January 2020.
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, social media or on Fusion Student Linkup (https://www.fusionmovement.org/church/2968). We'd be happy to answer any questions you have about our church, the city or student life here in Liverpool.
Our Corps Youth Secretary, Chris, studied in Liverpool at University of Liverpool only a few years ago and our Student Rep/Assistant Corps Sergeant Major, James, recently graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in July 2019. 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 Rep, 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. In a recent renovation project which involved the replacement of the entire roof structure, the Main Worship Hall was fully reburbished. The project was completed in December 2019. It 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.
The above information may change when knew equipment and electrics are installed after the building work.
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 and have good drainage. CCTV cameras cover both car parks, all entrances and exits and the interior of the building. However, 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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