About Christ Church

Christ Church is an evangelical Church of England parish church in the market town of Ormskirk, West Lancashire.

Our parish of about 8500 is predominantly residential, with no less than five schools (including our own church primary school), but also several farms. Our church seeks to be a place of welcome for all ages and social groups within the parish, and our services aim to be relaxed and participatory. The church building, sited on the A59 halfway between Liverpool and Preston, has a distinctive tower. It is the highest point in West Lancashire, visible for miles around. Our Ministry Centre opened in June 2010, and provides a tremendous resource for discipleship, evangelism and fellowship.

Our key values

Our key task at Christ Church is to “Share Jesus with everyone, beginning with our parish.” We consequently view evangelism as a priority for our ministry. As in every area of ministry, we are prepared to take risks for Kingdom of God. We have seen much growth through our Alpha courses, and have now run over 30 courses (often in partnership with other local churches) beginning at the end of January and the end of September each year. At Christ Church we also take the Bible seriously, not just in our preaching but in the whole of our church’s life, and are committed to the priority of prayer for our whole ministry. There is a simple service of Morning Prayer at 9.00 a.m. every weekday, and a Monthly All-together Prayer and Praise meeting at 7.30 pm in the Ministry Centre on the third Wednesday of every month.

Children and young people

We have an extensive ministry with children and young people. We have an experienced full-time youth minister, Jonathan Edwards. Working with his wife Rachel, they aim “to see the young people of our parish entering wholeheartedly into the worship, fellowship and ministry of our church as disciples of Jesus”. We have a Sunday Re:vive congregation for young people, as well as various midweek activities. We also enjoy a close relationship with the local Scout and Guide groups, and with Christ Church Primary School.

Small groups

There are around a dozen home groups, some of which started life as an Alpha course group. Most meet weekly, and typically include times of Bible study, prayer and fellowship.

Serving the weak and vulnerable

We are conscious of our responsibility to those in our parish who are elderly and sometimes isolated. Bridget Wainwright heads up our pastoral visiting team of over 20 members. Residents in the three Nursing and Residential homes in the parish also receive Holy Communion four times each year, generally at the major festivals. Our weekly Luncheon Club takes place on Wednesdays at 12.30 pm in the Ministry Centre.

Working in partnership

An Anglican church, we belong to the Diocese of Liverpool. We also have a joint ministry with our neighbouring parish of St. Michael’s, Aughton, caring for the frail and vulnerable, both in their own homes and in residential care. We are an active member of Ormskirk Churches Together and enjoy close links with Cottage Lane Mission and St Anne’s RC Church, both of which lie within the parish. We also have mission partners as far afield as Argentina, Kenya, Thailand and Malaysia.

We look forward to hearing from you and hope that you will be able to share in our ministry of sharing Jesus with everyone, beginning with our parish.