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2020 Bible Motto verse

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us”                                                   Ephesians 3:20

Sunday 9 August

Today we continue our sermon series on Acts 29 practices and disciplines to help us live out the next chapter. Today we are taking time to celebrate God’s creation by asking for a blessing over all creatures great and small. We will also be giving thanks for the many gifts and talents at Christ Church Aughton.

Worship Sunday 9 August 10:45am – Facebook live (christchurchaughton) Please see below for an update on how to access zoom either via your PC, ipad or via the telephone.

Recordings of the service online

If you are not able to access our online worship on a Sunday and would like to receive a copy on a DVD please contact Vicky Sime.

 Beginners Guide to Zoom at Christ Church Aughton – Version 2

Set up Zoom

Download

  • Download the app to a PC or Mac computer (on Zoom website look for “Resources” top right, then choose “Download Zoom Client”.
  • Also to any smart phone or iPad (Called Zoom Cloud Meetings).
  • (It may work running Zoom from a browser but this may not be as reliable – if you do use a browser then Chrome is recommended)

Join a Meeting by Computer, Phone or iPad

  • Or you can join by clicking on the “Join a Meeting” button and using the Meeting ID: 975 445 0068 and Password (Contact any church leader for the password)

Join a Meeting by dialing in

  • If you don’t have a computer you can just dial in and still take part.  Ring 01314601196(Edinburgh number)
  • When prompted enter the Meeting ID: 975 445 0068 and Password (Contact any church leader for the password)  ignore the question about Participant ID and just tap # when prompted.

Information about Zoom

  • When you join a meeting, we’d encourage you to agree to turn on video and computer audio when prompted so that we can all see and hear each other.
  • If you’d rather not be seen or heard, you can still join.  You can change your mind about video and sound whenever you want.
  • In a big meeting the host will probably turn everyone’s microphone off to stop background noise.  If you want to speak then you can “unmute” yourself at any time.
  • In a big meeting most of you will just be watching – no one is going to make you speak!
  • You can have the meeting running in “Speaker mode” – whoever speaks will have their video enlarged.  This is the usual way of running things.
  • You can switch to “Gallery mode” at any time and then see a gallery of everyone else!
  • You can click on comments and type a comment to us all at any time.
  • Don’t be afraid to have a go – we are all learning and there will be lots of mistakes.  Just remember to comb your hair!

Facebook Live

  • The picture from Zoom will also be fed to Facebook Live so anyone who prefers not to use Zoom can still see the service on Facebook.
  • The advantage of Zoom is that it’s a bit more like church and we can see each other.

Sundays and through the week for our children and young people

Sundays and through the week for our children and young people

XPLORE

Xplore is our group for those in primary school (aged 5-11 years). Explore will be meeting at 10am every Sunday morning on zoom via the meeting ID code 795-408-6163. Meetings will run for 40 minutes maximum, and will be finished before the main Church service begins. Each week there will be games, a short story and a craft. To be kept more in the loop please contact Jane Lake or Andy Monks and we can add you into the parents WhatsApp group.

YOUTH

Over the month of August, there will be no set meetings for Acts 29 or Reflect. However, we aim to have a few socially distanced get-togethers in the park throughout the summer. Keep up to date with all that’s happening via our instagram page @ccaymomentum and via the parents Whatsapp group.

You can access last week’s service 2nd August by clicking on the link below

Or access the sermon only by phoning 01695 666 725

 Each Sunday the sermon will be uploaded on to the phone line. Simply call this number and wait to be connected. You will be charged the cost of a local phone call and you can access it 24 hours a day.

 IT IS WELL

As some of you may be aware, Christ Church School have recently built a park run type running trail within their school grounds. Through this, God has given us a vision to pioneer a worshipping community based around running, called It Is Well. This ministry will serve as a great opportunity for us to reach children and parents connected with the school.

Through this process we have been blessed to receive funding from the Joshua Centre; an initiative within the Liverpool Diocese aimed to help the pioneering of new worshipping communities, like It Is Well.

More information regarding It Is Well will be released in the coming weeks, but we see this as a move of the Spirit and something to be excited and expectant about!

Currently, we are putting a team of servant leaders together who feel called to invest into this ministry. If you would like to know more about getting involved with It Is Well, please contact Andy on 07582271637 or email andymonks94@gmail.com

Other news and what’s happening this week

Morning Prayer 9am on Facebook.

 Join us every weekday for Morning Prayer at 9am.

 Compline on Facebook

Join us every weekday evening for Compline 6:30-7:00pm

Message from Bishop Paul

As we navigate our way through this difficult time I want to share with you a message and prayer from Bishop Paul

Greetings on this feast of the Transfiguration, when the uncreated light of love shone in Jesus, and the word of our Lord, as so often, is that we should not fear:

But Jesus came… saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.”

And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone. (Matthew 17:7,8)

The pandemic continues to bring stress and to restrain our lives. And in the Diocese we continue to aim to care for the poorest and to live with a “mixed economy” of safely open churches and online life. In parts of the Diocese – for example Wigan, and Princes Park Liverpool – lockdown measures have been tightened. Everywhere we are still discovering how to live well and safely, together.

In all this shifting anxiety, I simply want to underline the unchanging message of the Gospel – that we are called to live for others without fear, and to look to Jesus alone. The collect for the Transfiguration, praying for you all that the light of Christ will continue to illuminate your ministry and to give you both strength and rest.

Father in heaven,

whose Son Jesus Christ was wonderfully transfigured

before chosen witnesses upon the holy mountain,

and spoke of the exodus he would accomplish at Jerusalem:

give us strength so to hear his voice and bear our cross

that in the world to come we may see him as he is;

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

One God, now and for ever. Amen.

May God bless you all. Stay safe.

+ Paul

Peter Luscombe

We say goodbye to Peter Luscombe, who is leaving his role on 18 September 2020 as Assistant to the Treasurer after 7 years’ service. Unfortunately the coronavirus has resulted in the church and Ministry Centre remaining closed. Peter has chosen to step down from his role by way of voluntary redundancy. We wish to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to Peter for all his hard work during his time with us. We wish him all the very best for the future and we hold Peter and Pam in our prayers asking for God’s blessing on them for the future.

 Cleaning Church – Help required

Thank you to all those who have responded and have volunteered to clean church week beginning 17th and 24th August. Barbara and Jenny will be in touch with you all about the safety procedures shortly.

 Ways to stay connected to Christ Church if you are unable to access zoom or Facebook.

You Tube Channel

We also have our own you tube channel. Please Google Christ Church Aughton you tube. At the moment you can access our Brew @ 2s but we hope to be able to have our weekly Sunday worship and other videos added shortly. When you finds the You tube channel, click on the subscribe button so you can be notified when more videos are added.

  ‘Daily Hope’ free Phone line

Is a free national phone-line aimed particularly at the over 75’s who don’t have access to the internet. Research indicates that some three million people – particularly those in this age group – have no, or very irregular, access to the internet. The line will be available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044.

Callers will hear a special greeting from the Archbishop of Canterbury before being able to choose from a range of options, including Prayer During the Day and Night Prayer updated daily, from Common Worship, and a recording of the Church of England’s weekly national online service. A section called Hymn Line will also offer callers a small selection of hymns, updated daily. An option entitled ‘Hymns We Love’ provides a hymn and reflection and is based on an initiative by Connections, a group focused on this age group.

Please share with those you are in contact with you ensure they are aware of this wonderful new resource.

Foodbank

The Foodbank is still in operation and working with West Lancs Dial-a-Ride to deliver food parcels to their needy clients at this time of crisis.  If you are aware of anyone who needs food then please contact the Foodbank on 07748 951274 or info@ormskirk.foodbank.org.uk.  They thank all those who are helping in many ways by giving up their time, making donations of food and offering financial support.  Any food donations can be dropped off at the Coop in Town Green and Wigan Road, Morrisons, Booths, Tesco’s and the Nationwide Building Society in Ormskirk.  For more information contact Pete Chalk or Geoff Fallows.

Pastoral needs of the congregation

We are very grateful to all those who are supporting the pastoral needs of our church family and our local community. All our over 70s have now been allocated a person or persons who will contact them weekly. Sarah, Andy and Angela will also continue to contact all over under 70s once a month. If you know of any people who need help or a phone conversation then please contact Sarah, Angela or Andy.

We have setup a specialist e-mail address for this time

Christchurchaughtoncare@gmail.com

There will be someone in the office from 9am – 4pm Tuesday – Friday so please contact 01695424530 in an emergency you can also call Sarah on 0784793123

Prayer pointers

If you have specific prayer requests, then please post them in the letterbox on the wall in the Ministry Centre and mark them for Sarah’s attention.

PLEASE PRAY FOR those who are sick: Harry Barker, Audrey Gardener, Fiona Cobbold, Gerda Dennison, Sylvia Duggan, Bill Evans, Stanley Sinnott, Betty Schofield, Pat Stewart, Lissa Taylor and Rob Taylor.

The bereaved family and friends of Val Beeston

GIVING UPDATE July 2020

Please check the new information on the parish giving scheme and our credit card option on our website under ‘Support us’.

While Christ Church is closed we cannot receive all the monetary gifts we usually do. We are therefore even more thankful for the financial support we are given for the on-going ministry of the church through your offerings and gifts. These mean that through this difficult period and beyond our Church will continue to thrive and be a beacon of hope to our community.

A regular gift really helps our cash flow, prevents the need for us to count cash and go to the bank (thereby keeping us safe) and the scheme automatically claims Gift Aid.

It gives all of us peace of mind – you’re not worrying about your envelopes with your cash gift piling up while church is closed and we’re not worrying about loss of income.

Thank you for your helpGod loves a cheerful giver! 2 CORINTHIANS 9:7

Here’s how you can help by joining the Parish Giving Scheme, giving by Bank Transfer or using Text Giving

How to give using the Parish Giving Scheme

We would encourage all church members who plan to give regularly to use this Scheme.  If you already give by Standing Order then we would encourage you to change to the Scheme.  The Church cannot accept Direct Debits but the Scheme can.  It makes Gift Aid processing much easier for the church and allows you to arrange for your giving to keep up with inflation!  There are two ways to join:

  1.  Download the information pack from the “Support Us” website page, print out the application form, fill it in and send it off (or request it from the Ministry Centre Office).
  2. or Apply by phone – call the dedicated telephone line: 0333 002 1271(Weekdays 9am-5pm). The simple sign-up process takes approx. 15 minutes and the following information is needed:
    >Personal bank account details
    >The name of the parish – Christ Church Aughton
    >PGS code – 220622142
    >Diocese – Diocese of Liverpool
    >Confirm if you want to increase your gift in line with inflation each year
    >Confirm if you are eligible for Gift Aid

    You can make changes at anytime by post, phone or email.

If you are unable to move to the Parish Giving Scheme and want to continue giving via envelopes then please either leave them at the vicarage or contact Chris Matthews and he will collect them.

Bank Transfer

Our bank details are:
Account Name         PCC Christ Church Aughton
Sort Code                  16-27-22
Account Number     12203505

Please use your initial and surname as the Reference for identification and Gift Aid purposes.  You may also wish to email us to confirm your payment date and amount.

TEXT Giving

Text CHRISTCHURCHONE 3 to 70085 to donate £3
(or replace 3 with another amount eg 10, 30, 50 etc. eg CHRISTCHURCH 10 or 20, or 50 etc.)

Texts cost £3/£10/£30/£50 etc. plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS.

If you’d like to give £3/£10/£30/£50 etc. but do not wish to receive marketing communications then add NOINFO to the message e.g. text CHRISTCHURCHONENOINFO 3  (or other amount).

A service of reflection and thanksgiving on 75th Anniversary of VE Day

A service of reflection and thanksgiving on 75th Anniversary of VE Day. We will be loading this on our website later today.

Posted by Sarah O'Donoghue on Friday, 8 May 2020