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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 24th May

Today we continue our sermon series ‘Encountering the Risen Jesus’. Between now and Pentecost Sunday we will be focusing on how different people in the Bible encountered Jesus after the resurrection. Today Sarah and Geoff will be having a conversation about the hope we can have in Jesus and encouraging us all to share our stories.

Worship Sunday 24th May 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 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


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.


We have two youth groups during the week:

On Wednesday evenings from 7:30pm to 9:00pm we have Youth for those in years 7 and 8. Each week the meeting code is placed into a youth parents WhatsApp group. If you would like to be added into this group then please contact Fiona Craig or Andy Monks.

On Sunday evenings at 7pm to 8:30pm we have a group for youth in years 9 to 13 called Reflect, where we discuss big topics that are relevant to all young people. The zoom meeting details are the same as for Church on a Sunday morning.

We also have an Instagram page for all our youth to follow @ccaymomentum were we have regular updates and activities for youth to interact with.

 Other news and what’s happening this week

 Thy Kingdom Come 10 days of 24 hour prayer – Prayer for the Nation

It is not too late to sign up for a slot for our 10 days of prayer for the nation until 31st May 9am. Simply follow the link below and sign up. Resources to support our prayer time are available on the website under the sign up button.

Alternatively contact Vicky Sime on or phone 07845791413 / 01695 424530 (Tues-Fri, 9-4pm)

Morning Prayer 9am on Facebook.

Join us every weekday for Morning Prayer at 9am. Except Bank Holiday Monday 25th May

 Pentecost Sunday 31st May – We need your help!

 As we celebrate the Holy Spirit empowering the disciples at Pentecost we want to encourage as many people to be empowered to share the message of God’s hope and peace in our communities. Over the weekend Friday 29th – Sunday 31st May why not join us in making a dove or several doves out of paper, card, wool, tin foil, material, old sheets etc Make a dove and then leave it in a tree on one of your walks, place a giant one in your window or hang them on trees for people to see or take home. Include a message and a prayer of hope, encourage them to join us on Facebook or go to our website.

John 14:27 – message of hope

27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

HALF TERM FUN FOR EVERYONE – Its time to help us make another video!

Nine weeks ago many of you made videos to help us share the message of Palm Sunday. On Pentecost Sunday we want to make a video about the symbols of Pentecost – wind, fire, dove of peace. Why not get your creative thinking caps on and make a short 2 min video on one of themes. For example fly a kite to represent wind, juggle flames of fire ( adults only) get those creative juices flowing and send in your videos to Lydia and Sarah before Friday 29th May 3pm. Remember to film them HORIZONTALLY.

 ‘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.


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.  Give thanks to all those who are helping in many ways by giving up their time, making donations of food and offering financial support.  They are currently running low on long-life fruit juice (carton), mashed potato, tinned tomatoes and sponge puddings which can be dropped off at the Coop in Town Green and Wigan Road, and Morrisons and the Nationwide Building Society in Ormskirk.  For more information contact Pete Chalk or Geoff Fallows

Brew @ 2 – Update and News

Thanks to Angela, Lynn and Stu, for their reflections this week. Brew @ 2 continues next week with the final reflections on how the resurrection of Jesus changes lives. After the 31st May we will be starting a new theme for our Brew @ 2. Focusing on the word BLESS have you got a Brew @ 2 on the following themes?

B – Begin with prayer – Have you got a story about prayer, an answer to prayer or some top tips on how to start praying

L- Listen with Care – How has listening to someone’s story changed you or how has being listened to helped your walk with Jesus.

E- Eat together – Maybe you have had a zoom meal with a family member or friends in lockdown. How can eating together encourage us to stay close to each other and Jesus.

S- Serve in Love – Perhaps you have a story of how you have been serving others during lockdown. Maybe you are a keyworker, or have been a good neighbor baking cakes – why not tell us your story

S – Share your story – If you haven’t shared your testimony of how you became a Christian now is the time.

Brew @ 2 will continue for the whole month of June so please send your videos to Sarah. If you would like to do a Brew and you don’t have the technology let us know and we will see what we can do to help you record your story. We all have to story to tell so let us BLESS others as we share our stories of our amazing God!

Connect @ 4

Each Saturday at 4pm a short video will be uploaded to help us think through different topics: relationships, questions about life, death, addiction, caring for our planet etc. We hope these videos will give food for though. On Sundays at 4pm there will be an opportunity to discuss the video on zoom by following the link below. The link below will be active on Sunday 24th May 4pm

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 886 715 7370

Password: 202020

Calling all Café Vista Customers!

On Thursday 28th May at 11am we are inviting our customers to join us on zoom to catch up with friends and volunteers.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 714 1112 9512

Password: 7FeEuc

Email the office if you need help with setting up zoom –

Don’t forget your cuppa and a slice of cake!

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 0784793123

Bereavement care

Hospitals are varying in their application of guidelines on relatives visiting those who may be at the end of life. A very helpful practical resource for families on this, “Keeping in touch”, has been produced by the National Bereavement Alliance, please see the link below


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.•Mental%20Health%20Reflections_WEB.pdf

 Prayer pointers

  • All those working in the NHS for strength
  • Our Headteacher Mr Kennedy and the staff
  • Our Wives and Girlie Night In group

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: Audrey Gardener, Fiona Cobbold, Gerda Dennison, Ron French, Joe Johnson, Julia Legge, Jan Lovelady, Dot Roberts, Stanley Sinnott, Betty Schofield, Pat Stewart, Rob Taylor, and Lissa Taylor.


 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 help. God loves a cheerful giver! 2 CORINTHIANS 9:7

Here’s how you can help by joining the Parish Giving Scheme and giving by Direct Debit.

 How to give using the Parish Giving Scheme

 The service is live and operates weekdays between 9am – 5pm. Prospective donors can set up a regular gift to the parish by calling the dedicated telephone line: 0333 002 1271.

The simple sign-up process takes approx. 15 minutes and the following information is needed:

  • Personal bank account details
  • The name of the parish you wish to donate to and the PGS code:
  • Account Name.      PCC Christ Church Aughton
  • Sort Code              16-27-22
  • Account Number.   12203505
  • You will need to confirm if you want to increase your gift in line with inflation each year (or increase the gift as and when you want to)
  • Confirm if you are eligible for Gift Aid

What happens next?

You will receive written confirmation (by email or post) of your Direct Debit, including details of the parish you are supporting, the amount of your gift and the date of your first donation.

What if you need to change your donation?

Donors can make any changes to their Direct Debit by post, phone or by email to

 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.