The Vicar’s Welcome

As Vicar of Preston, I am pleased to welcome you to our website. These days, it is important that people who are searching to find out about a Church for whatever reason, have a clear picture of what it is like, both to worship in and to understand what activities take place there. Within the City Centre Parish, we have three places of worship, which are all very different. Due to my civic involvement as the Vicar of Preston with the Mayoralty, the Council and the City Council, there are many different occasions; some of which are held on an annual basis.

Most of these events take place at St John’s Minster, which is a large open space and lends itself to many different activities. St George’s Church has a more traditional church layout and has a very distinctive style of worship. Christ the King Chapel at County Hall is used mostly on a Tuesday, but there are a number of other occasions when it comes into its own, most of which are to do directly with the county council.

We are actively engaged in interaction with the community and we have close ecumenical and interfaith links. St John’s Minster and St George’s Church both have musical tradition and there are numerous concerts which take place throughout the year. We aim to welcome everyone into our churches and we are happy to show people around and give them a potted history. A new history of the parish has been published known as ‘Types And Shadows’. I do hope that we shall be able to see you soon and that you will find our website informative and comprehensive.

– Canon Timothy Lipscomb (Vicar of Preston & Acting Archdeacon of Blackburn)