St. Helens Parish Church

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Who We Are

"Being God's family in the heart of St Helens"

We are part of the Anglican church in the Diocese of Liverpool. 

Our purpose is to make disciples of Jesus Christ who become dedicated to Him, devoted to one another, and who demonstrate God’s love in St Helens and the world. We do this by living in community and seeking to build relationships through our values of UP, IN and OUT.

Our Values

UP - Dedicated to Jesus

  • Connecting with Jesus and building our relationship with Him.
  • Knowing God's word (the Bible) and learning from it and living by it each day.
  • Relying on the power of the Holy Spirit.

IN - Devoted to one another

  • Welcoming, accepting, and loving others.
  • Helping each other in following Jesus.
  • Forgiving others as we seek their forgiveness.

OUT - Demonstrating God's love

  • Praying for, serving, and helping others.
  • Being generous with our time, talents, and money.
  • Showing the love of God each day with our hearts, minds, souls, and strength.

Meet Our Team

  David Eastwood - Vicar .    David was a lawyer for over twenty years and was Managing Partner of a firm of solicitors in Northampton and Milton Keynes.  He is married to Monica, and they have two daughters, Beth and Kathryn, who both live in Sheffield. He enjoys curry, Cornwall and golf.

David Eastwood - Vicar.  

David was a lawyer for over twenty years and was Managing Partner of a firm of solicitors in Northampton and Milton Keynes.  He is married to Monica, and they have two daughters, Beth and Kathryn, who both live in Sheffield. He enjoys curry, Cornwall and golf.

  Derek Mounsey - Church Warden .  Having previously worked in retail management, he now enjoys retirement with his wife Rita, his two daughters, and his three grandsons. His hobbies include reading, listening to music, and collecting model trucks.

Derek Mounsey - Church Warden.

Having previously worked in retail management, he now enjoys retirement with his wife Rita, his two daughters, and his three grandsons. His hobbies include reading, listening to music, and collecting model trucks.

 
  Jess Benyon - Children and Families Leader .   Jess has an Honours degree in Early Years Education from Edge Hill University.  She loves everything about Musical Theatre, her favourite being Les Miserables.  She enjoys spending time with family an friends and walking her Shih Tzu, Alfie.

Jess Benyon - Children and Families Leader.

 Jess has an Honours degree in Early Years Education from Edge Hill University.  She loves everything about Musical Theatre, her favourite being Les Miserables.  She enjoys spending time with family an friends and walking her Shih Tzu, Alfie.

 
  Colin Gaskell - Treasurer .    Colin has worked in a bank nearly 30 years, starting as the office junior and is now a Credit Manager. To relax he enjoys watching Saints, season ticket holder for many years and caravanning, where he can be found in charge of the BBQ. Colin is married to Cath and is proud dad to Robert, Michael and David.

Colin Gaskell - Treasurer.  

Colin has worked in a bank nearly 30 years, starting as the office junior and is now a Credit Manager. To relax he enjoys watching Saints, season ticket holder for many years and caravanning, where he can be found in charge of the BBQ. Colin is married to Cath and is proud dad to Robert, Michael and David.

  Beth Anderson - Curate   Beth is our curate. She is married to Mike and has three kids. They moved to St Helens in 2017 for her curacy.

Beth Anderson - Curate

Beth is our curate. She is married to Mike and has three kids. They moved to St Helens in 2017 for her curacy.

 
  Roy Benyon - Church Warden .  He has lived in St Helens all his life. He is a manager and qualified building surveyor working for the public sector. He loves being a family man and never says no to a cup of tea …”milk no sugar please”

Roy Benyon - Church Warden.

He has lived in St Helens all his life. He is a manager and qualified building surveyor working for the public sector. He loves being a family man and never says no to a cup of tea …”milk no sugar please”

 
  Phil Beswick -   Youth Leader.    Phil and his wife Ali moved back to the North West and to St Helens in 2015. Phil has a passion for reading and books.

Phil Beswick - Youth Leader. 

Phil and his wife Ali moved back to the North West and to St Helens in 2015. Phil has a passion for reading and books.

 
  Cath Gaskell - Office Manager.    Cath works in the Church Office on Mondays and Fridays. Cath also works for Liverpool Diocese as Finance Resource Officer. She first attended Barton Street, the Parish Church’s Mission church, with her twin sister in 1979. She now attends the Parish Church with her husband, Colin and boys Dave, Mike and Rob. Her hobbies include playing the Tenor Horn with Old Hall Brass Band and being walked by her dogs.

Cath Gaskell - Office Manager. 

Cath works in the Church Office on Mondays and Fridays. Cath also works for Liverpool Diocese as Finance Resource Officer. She first attended Barton Street, the Parish Church’s Mission church, with her twin sister in 1979. She now attends the Parish Church with her husband, Colin and boys Dave, Mike and Rob. Her hobbies include playing the Tenor Horn with Old Hall Brass Band and being walked by her dogs.

  Lynne Jackson - Ordinand   Lynne is currently training to become a Vicar and is studying at St Melitus college. She has two girls, and loves a good book.

Lynne Jackson - Ordinand

Lynne is currently training to become a Vicar and is studying at St Melitus college. She has two girls, and loves a good book.

 
  Steve Brooke - Worship Leader   Steve is a sound designer for the BBC, working on radio drama’s and the odd film. He is married to Sue and has two sons, Chris and Phil. As well as playing music he enjoys recording albums for bands and worship teams as well as messing about on boats and watching football, especially when the mighty reds (Liverpool) are playing!”

Steve Brooke - Worship Leader

Steve is a sound designer for the BBC, working on radio drama’s and the odd film. He is married to Sue and has two sons, Chris and Phil. As well as playing music he enjoys recording albums for bands and worship teams as well as messing about on boats and watching football, especially when the mighty reds (Liverpool) are playing!”

 
  Jack Weaver - Young Adult Leader   Jack is from Australia and moved to St Helens in 2017 and co-leads the Form Northwest Discipleship course. He recently spent 2 years in Sheffield doing Form there. He loves to play basketball and the drums.

Jack Weaver - Young Adult Leader

Jack is from Australia and moved to St Helens in 2017 and co-leads the Form Northwest Discipleship course. He recently spent 2 years in Sheffield doing Form there. He loves to play basketball and the drums.

 
  Kim Quinn - Office Administrator   Kim has worked as an office administrator at St Helens Parish Church since June 2010. Previously, she was a solicitor for over 24 years.  She is married to Mark and has a teenage daughter, Carys. Kim enjoys horse-riding, walking her dog Dotty, reading and cryptic crosswords.

Kim Quinn - Office Administrator

Kim has worked as an office administrator at St Helens Parish Church since June 2010. Previously, she was a solicitor for over 24 years.  She is married to Mark and has a teenage daughter, Carys. Kim enjoys horse-riding, walking her dog Dotty, reading and cryptic crosswords.


Our History

The church was built in 1926, after the former Parish Church building, known as St Mary’s, burned down in 1916. The church commissioned W.D. Caröe, one of the most distinguished of English church architects, to design a new church building.  St Helens Parish Church was to be the first of Caröe’s churches to be designed after the Great War. The foundation stone was laid in 1920 and the building was completed in 1926.

We took our information about the Parish Church building from the following sources:

1. Jennifer M Freeman, W.D.Caröe, His Architecural Achievement, 1990, Manchester University Press.
2. Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, Buildings of England: South Lancashire, Penguin, 1969. p.50

Our Wider Family

We belong to a family of churches across England and Wales known as Kairos Connexion. In their own words:

"Kairos Connexion is a network of churches and leaders in England and Wales who have committed to travel together on a journey of mission and discipleship.

We exist to serve churches that want to either transition from more traditional models of church to ones where integrated mission and discipleship are front and centre; or churches and leaders who have made the transition and want to continue learning and strategising together for local, regional and national breakthrough."