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“Our key task at Christ Church is to share Jesus with everyone beginning in our community”
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”
WELCOME TO CHRIST CHURCH
I wonder how you are feeling today? I know from talking to people on the phone, this week has been tough for many of us. You will see that this week’s notices are a lot longer than normal. This is one of the advantages of not having to photocopy them, but also, we wanted to make sure we share with you as many resources as possible. So please take time to read through them.
As you are aware, we are still unable to meet on a Sunday and so one of the best ways that we can stay connected to God at this time is by reading the Bible and spending time in prayer, joining in a LYFE group through zoom, What’s app. For those who are unable to access technology please remember that the BBC Songs of Praise on a Sunday is an excellent way of connecting to God. There are also some helpful thoughts for the day on Radio 4. Hopefully, those who are over 70 in our congregation will have received a worship at home booklet and a Holy week meditation booklet this week either through their door or via an e-mail.
Well done to all of you who have managed to get onto Facebook or zoom, even if the instructions are in Portuguese (Mary Lynn). If you are able to get on to Facebook or zoom then please remember that we meet every weekday morning at 9am for Morning Prayer. Rev’d Graham Rutter uploads Compline every weekday evening between 6:30-7pm. On Sundays we meet at 10;45am again on Facebook or zoom.
Morning Prayer 9am on Facebook.
Join us every weekday for Morning Prayer at 9am.
Every Monday a video from Christianity Explored will be posted on Facebook.
Some of our LYFE groups are up and running now through zoom. If you would like to access a LYFE group then contact Sarah and she will let you know which groups our meeting and when.
Christ Church is growing!
As most of you will know for the past few months, we have been praying for our church to grow in numbers and spiritual commitment. We are delighted that despite our inability to meet in church we are still seeing our virtual church grow. Thanks to Jonathan encouraging us all to have a go at zoom we were pleased to welcome over 50 people on zoom last Sunday. It was also great to see 70 people watching live on Facebook. We continue to pray for this number to increase as we experience this period of isolation.
Worship Sunday 5th April 10:45am – Facebook live (christchurchaughton)
This coming Sunday at 10:45am we are hoping to live stream our main service on Facebook. Can I encourage you to join our Facebook page
even if it is just for this interim period.
A big thanks to Jonathan Lock who has been training us all up on zoom. We are hoping to access zoom on Sunday so that more people can see each other. If you want to access zoom then please follow the comprehensive guidelines below or on our Facebook page.
Beginners Guide to Zoom at Christ Church Aughton
Set up Zoom
- Set up a free account with Zoom https://zoom.us .
- 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
- You can join a church meeting when it’s running by simply clicking on this link: https://zoom.us/j/9754450068
- Or you can join by clicking on the “Join a Meeting” button and using the Meeting ID: 975 445 0068
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, 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!
- 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.
Looking ahead to Easter and Holy Week
Holy Week Reflections – “Brew At Two”
Each day starting on Palm Sunday at 2pm we will be uploading a video onto Facebook as we journey through Holy Week. Each of the reflections will be around a cup so find a cup, brew up, light a candle and let us journey through this week together. These will also be available in paper form on the Christ Church Aughton website.
Maundy Thursday 9th April –
We would like to be able to share some examples of how Covid-19 is requiring individuals to serve people in a different way, e.g. Those who working within NHS, emergency services, social work, education, retail, job centre, pastoral care, employers. We are looking for people who are willing to record a short video (1 – 2 minutes only) reflecting on the differences/pressures/difficulties that you are facing at present. Please include at the end a particular prayer request for you personally and/or those working within your sector/situation. Email Sarah (Revsarahodonoghue@gmail.com) with subject line Maundy Thursday
Thursday 7pm – 7:30pm join us on zoom to pray for our frontline key workers and for our loved ones from whom are separated.
Good Friday – 2:30pm. A time of prayer and reflection live on Facebook and zoom
Easter Sunday – three things to watch or be involved in!
6:15 am Sunrise Easter reflection live from the Vicarage garden (weather permitting)
10am Sing Resurrection – A counter-infection of joy and hope for Easter Day
At 10am on Easter Sunday April 12th we call on all who want to celebrate the resurrection to go outside and sing Jesus Christ is Risen Today and Thine be the Glory at the top of their voices! You could sing them… In your garden, street, like an Italian from your balcony! or on your permitted daily walk in your local park by the sea or by a lake …all of course keeping safe spatial distance.
Why Jesus Christ is Risen Today and Thine Be the Glory?
They are probably the best loved Easter hymns known by the largest number of people.
They are cheerful, confident and joyful acclamations of resurrection and will be uplifting for other people to hear on Easter morning.
Jesus Christ is Risen Today is very ancient based on a 14th century Latin hymn, but reworked in the Lyra Davidica of 1708, so it is an expression of unity and connects us with all those who have gone before us.
Thine Be the Glory was first written in French (A Toi la Gloire) by the Swiss writer Edmund Budry and connects us with the world wide church.
How to make this happen…
- Please share Sing Resurrection with as many people as possible by social media, email, phone.
- Let’s share it globally too and see if Sing Resurrection can happen at 10am in 24 time zones around the world!
- Invite friends and neighbours in advance to listen out for Sing Resurrection or to join in themselves.
Visit https://ctbi.org.uk/sing-resurrection/ for more information and for the words of the hymns.
10:45am Easter Sunday service live on Facebook and zoom
Good News Stories
Easter Sunday – we are looking to put together good news stories that have come out of Covid-19. Are there blessings that you have received during this period of self isolation? For example, it might be that you have had unexpected phone calls, offers of help, or in being less busy you have been blessed by spending more time with God.
If so, please share these with Sarah (Revsarahodonoghue@gmail.com) subject line Easter Sunday – either via written email (5 lines maximum) or if you are brave enough by sending her a short video (1 – 2 minutes only) recording the blessings that you have received.
Alternatively, you can phone Angela Mellor on 07759591190 or Andy on 07582271637 to tell her your good news story.
Please remember that the foodbank is still in operation although they are struggling for distributors. If you can help in anyway please contact Sarah, 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
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 07847931323
Unfortunately, new regulations mean you may not be able to attend the funeral of a friend. The Church of England has produced a helpful little service that you can do at home on the day of the funeral. If you need more information on this material please contact Sarah
Looking after our Mental Health
A helpful booklet containing thirteen days of reflections on the Psalms to help focus our minds at this time.
Marriage Course – How to register
In May we had planned to run the Marriage Course at Christ Church. Given the restrictions we are all facing now we are pleased to let you know that HTB are running the marriage course on line from 9th April for 7 weeks on Thursday evenings. Please see the course dates and topics covered for more information:
Strengthening Connection April 9th 7:30pm
The Art of Communication April 16th 7:30pm
Three Resolving Conflict April 23rd 7:30pm
The Power of Forgiveness April 30th 7:30pm
The Impact of Family – Past and Present May 7th 7:30pm
Good Sex May 14th 7:30pm
Love in Action May 21st 7:30pm
How it will work:
- Once registered you will receive a welcome to the course email along with the first call link to session one on the 9th of April along with a ‘how to guide’ to get yourself on Zoom if you aren’t already.
- Every Friday morning you will receive a recap email with a link to the During the night you there will be discussion pauses where you and your spouse are encouraged to talk. Although this course is online, the call will be set to webinar mode which means your audio and video will be disabled and you will not be able to see other couples either so there all be no group discussions and this course will be completely private.
- If you are able to purchase a Marriage Course journal (one per person) prior to this we encourage you to do so, however if this isn’t possible don’t worry the course leader will guide you through the questions during the discussion pauses. To purchase click here
- session from the night before to view again in your own time in case the internet connection was poor and a call link to next Thursday’s session.
- Think of this evening as your Date Night – so get the popcorn ready and settle in!
To register your place click HERE
- All those self isolating
- People around the world who have been affected by the coronavirus
- Those in our Health services treating those who are ill.
- The witness and presence of our church at this time
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: Polly Brash, Fiona Cobbold, Gerda Dennison, Ron French, Derek Griffiths, Jan Lovelady, Sue Parry, Dot Roberts, Stanley Sinnott and Pat Stewart.
The bereaved family and friends of Stanley Jones and David Roberts
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
May God bless you all and keep you.
Yours in Christ
As the Easter holiday approaches, I know so many people are disappointed that they can’t do the things they had planned. Well here is something exciting that you can do from 13th – 17th April.
Spring Harvest Home is a completely free online conference programme with content suitable for everyone in the family. Lined up for the week after Easter, we have some amazing material all built around the 2020 theme of “Unleashed – The Acts Church Today.” Never has there been a more appropriate time for us to gather together as a community to worship, learn, laugh and pray together.
Big Start, morning Bible teaching, live worship, specialist seminars and workshops and some light-hearted sofa viewing will be available right through the day. Spring Harvest Home will be available online through YouTube, so go to YouTube.com and search for ‘Spring Harvest’ You can then subscribe to the Spring Harvest channel to make sure you don’t miss this unique Spring Harvest Home week. (Please note that more content will be added here from 13th April.) https://springharvest.org/spring-harvest-home/
In these difficult times and with the church closed those who give by envelope or cash on the collection place are probably wondering how they can make their gift.
You may wish to set your gift aside each week and then give it when life returns to normal. The Ministry Centre is closed and the letterbox is checked infrequently so this is not a secure deposit box for cash. We accept cheques payable to PCC Christ Church Aughton. Please write your name and address on the back.
Alternatively, you could make your donation via a Standing Order or direct to our bank account. This is something you can easily do if you bank online. Alternatively I can send you details by email or in the post if you contact the office (answer phone 01695 424530 or email firstname.lastname@example.org). If you can Gift Aid your gift that increases the value of the gift to the church but at no additional cost to you.
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.
Alternatively, the Parish Giving Scheme is available and we are working towards other ways of giving. More details when we have them.
These are difficult times for everyone, for Christ Church this will have an impact as of course Cafe Vista is closed and we won’t have income from room bookings. 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.