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We hope you have enjoyed your tour of St Philip and St Paul with Wesley. If you have the opportunity to spend some time in the building , we trust your impression will be that it combines the best of the old and the new, a beautiful building in which worship has taken place for over 125 years, and one that can comfortably accommodate many church, school and community groups and is in use seven days a week. Deo gratias.
In researching the history of the building for this article, I am indebted to the work of Roland J.A. Shelley F.R.HIST.S who wrote the book ‘Sixty Years after’, a Record of St Philip’s church, Southport in 1947. As he suggests in his writing, the history of the church is one of faith from the start. Through the generosity of local Christian people trusting God for the money to build it and sharing what they had, the building was able to be designed and built. Thereafter it has been added to by the generosity of successive generations who value it as a place of worship and community. We would do well to remember its roots as we who are privileged to worship within its walls in the twenty-first century.