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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 25 October


It is really good to have you with us either in person at 9am in church or on zoom/facebook at 10:45am

If you or anyone you know would like to book into church for our 9am service then please contact the office on 01695 424530. Priority will be given to those who have been shielding or unable to access online church. We have around 20 more places so please tell those who may not get the notices.

10:45am service, Connect @ 4 and Acorn

Join a zoom meeting by Computer, Phone or iPad

See below for what is happening at Christ Church this week.

Sunday 25th October                                                       20th Sunday after Trinity        

Today we continue our sermon series on the Beatitudes.  

‘Living with reconciliatory love’

9:00 – Holy Communion with Janet Roberts. 

10:45 –on zoom and Facebook

Eric will be speaking to us on how we can be peacemakers.

 (Please note the clocks go back this weekend)                                         

9.00am Morning Prayer Monday, Tuesday and Thursday on zoom and Facebook.

6:30-7pm Compline Sunday and Wednesday evening on Facebook







5-6pm Light Scramble (see below)

Sunday 1st November

9am- Holy Communion – Sarah

10:45am – Live on Facebook and zoom with Rikki


  • Light Scramble
  • School pastors
  • Give thanks for our team who look after the technology for our online services.

Please pray for the following people who are facing operations in the next couple of weeks

PLEASE PRAY FOR those who are sick David Armes, Barbara Clayton, Audrey Gardener, Gerda Dennison, Bill Evans Betty Schofield, Pat Stewart and Bridget Wainwright

 The bereaved family and friends of

Café Vista closed

Sarah and the wardens we will be reviewing the decision to re-open Café Vista on Tuesday 17th November. If we remain in tier 3 it will be highly unlikely that we will reopen. Thank you for your patience and understanding

Friday 30th October – Sunday 1st November


In the midst of a global pandemic, our world has been shaken. Governments, communities and individuals are faced with difficult decisions and ongoing uncertainty. But we believe that we are called for such a time as this – to intentionally gather as the people of God, in our homes and our churches, to seek the Lord, anticipating that He will move powerfully among us to renew our vision, restore our souls and compel us to pursue Jesus where we are. Guest speakers will include Pete Grieg, John Mark Comer, Lisa Koons. To book for free follow the link below.

Light Scramble

As you know, we would usually have a ‘Light Night’ in the Ministry Centre for Halloween. Sadly, due to Covid-19 this will not be able to take place in the Ministry Centre. However, we have created a COVID – friendly plan which we are calling a ‘Light Scramble’.

The Light Scramble will take place on Saturday October 31st between 5-6pm on the streets of Long Lane and Swanpool Lane. Along these roads there will be members of the Church holding lanterns. Your challenge is to find them all (whilst maintaining physical distancing) and ask them the questions on the sheet (email the office for a sheet In doing so, you will collect a variety of letters which will spell out a phrase. Once you have worked out the phrase and cracked the code, bring your answer sheets to the Ministry Centre car park to collect your prize.

We hope to see you on the 31st!


The twitter account is now active and you can read our posts @ChristChurchAug. If you use Twitter then please give us a tweet.

Remembrance Sunday, 8th November – A different way of remembering.         

This year’s remembrance service will be very different as we are unable to gather in church at 10:45am.  However, it is still important to remember and so we want to hear from you if you had a relative who served in the armed forces.

We will be remembering them in one of two ways. You can either send

  1. A recorded voice message of their name, how and where they served. This can be sent on a what’s app attachment to 07847931323
  2.  A photograph emailed to with a picture and a sentence about your loved one.

These will be shown in the service on zoom. Any questions please do contact the office.

Ormskirk Foodbank

The Foodbank is now back in operation at New Church House on Tuesdays and Fridays with those in need being given their food parcels. If you are aware of anyone who needs food then please contact the Foodbank on 07748 951274 or  Particular shortages at this point in time are sponge puddings, mashed potato and men’s toiletries.  These can be dropped off at the Ministry Centre, the Coop in Town Green and Wigan Road, Morrisons, Booths and Tesco’s.  For more information contact Pete Chalk or Geoff Fallows.

Blessing our care homes

Following on from last weeks challenge in our Sunday services please do think about how you can make a difference to those in our community who are living in our local nursing homes. Courtfield Lodge, Aughton Park, Hillcroft, High Wray. Remember how much love can be shared in a letter and sharing the hope of Jesus. If you are able to do this please contact Angela Mellor

Christ Church Week of Prayer – Monday 23rd November – Sunday 29th November

Let us all be participators and pray for God to show us how to serve our community.

As we enter this season of Advent and wait for Christmas may we take some time to wait on God. During our week of prayer why not consider the following:

Take the time to pray for God to show you how we can make a difference.

What are the plans that God has for His church – Christ Church, our community,. How does He want us to serve? Who does He want us to connect with?

As you pray, write down any words, pictures that you receive and share them.

It would be wonderful if we could have every hour covered by as many people as possible. If you are able to pray for an hour on one day or the same day for 10 days and again in the night please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up for a slot.

(You don’t have to create a “SignUpGenius” account or give your email address.  If you do give your email address you’ll get a reminder a day before!) To sign up click the link below

 Christmas cards

Even with all the COVID restrictions, we still have such freedom to declare the birth of Jesus in this country. Sadly, in many countries, there are Christians for whom this is not the case. We may not be able to comfort our Christian family in person when they face persecution, but there’s always something we can do.

This year, we will not be able to send cards to our Christ Church family through our normal method of the ‘pigeon hole’, you can of course deliver your own, send cards, letters to our nursing homes. Let’s turn this into an opportunity to reach out to fellow Christians through Open Doors. I am encouraging us all to donate the money we would spend on cards and stand shoulder to shoulder with our persecuted family across the globe. You can either do this by donating online by going to or you can send an envelope into the office marked ‘Open doors’.

If you want to send Christmas greetings to our Christ Church family then simply email your name to Irene Critchley by 29th November and your name will be added to our Christmas Star, which will be in the notices between 6th December – 24th December.

As we adapt our own Christmas celebrations we will be having a special service on Sunday 29th November to stand with our persecuted brothers and sisters across the globe.

 Advent book

Our Advent study book this year is the aptly entitled book by Bishop of Leeds, Nick Baines ‘Freedom is coming’. In this book Nick invites us to think about what it meant for people in Isaiah’s day to be living in exile, and how the prophet encouraged them to keep their faith alive despite the apparent hopelessness of their situation. At the same time, this book helps us to see the connections between Isaiah’s time and ours, and how his vision of God’s truth and justice spreading throughout the world can comfort, challenge and inspire God’s people now, just as it did back then. You can purchase the book on kindle or if you would like to order a copy through church then please let Kath Elliott know by emailing by Monday 2nd November. The cost of the book at present is £7.78 at Blackwell’s depending on availability.

Alpha Online

In January we are embarking on another “first” for Christ Church – Alpha online.

People will be able to join in with sessions on a Tuesday evening or Thursday afternoon.

Can EVERYONE start thinking and praying into this, particularly about who God wants you to connect with and invite.

Weekly Notices
If you know of anyone who would like to get our notices please let the office know an email
address. Notices are sent on a Thursday and are also available on our website. Items for next weeks’ notices please contact the church office before Wednesday.

New Connect magazine online
If you did not receive a copy of our new magazine Connect then why not access it online via
our website Or follow the link

Giving to Christ Church
As we start to go back to church we are being discouraged from handling cash. If you
currently give via envelopes or on the plate please can we ask you to consider joining the
Parish Giving Scheme please see information below or talk to Sarah or Chris Matthews.
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
There are several ways you can give; 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).

Church Office 01695 424530
This is open Tuesday – Friday 9.00am-1.00pm in the Ministry Centre.
For any information, including requests for baptism and thanksgiving services, weddings,
funerals and room bookings, call in or phone 424530, or email
Saturday 31st October – Light Night event
Tuesday 1st December – Advent windows begin
Friday 1st January New Years Day walk
Prov date 26th – 29th March Youth weekend away
Prov date 20th March – PCC and Ministry team away day
Prov date 17th – 19th September Youth weekend away

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