Cel­e­brat­ing 150 years of wor­ship

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY EMILIA BONA emilia.bona@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @emil­i­abona

AN AUGHTON church is cel­e­brat­ing 150 years of wel­com­ing the com­mu­nity to wor­ship with a spe­cial Mother’s Day ser­vice.

Christ Church in Long Lane was opened in 1867, with a spe­cial cer­e­mony in which a copy of the Ormskirk Ad­ver­tiser was placed in a time cap­sule.

A cen­tury and a half later, it will be cel­e­brat­ing its 150th an­niver­sary on the ex­act day the Bishop of Ch­ester laid the foun­da­tion stone in 1867.

On March 26 the Angli­can church will hold a spe­cial fam­ily ser­vice on Mother­ing Sun­day.

The ser­vice, which will take place at 10.45am, will be at­tended by the Mayor of West Lan­cashire, Cllr Liz Sav­age, and MP Rosie Cooper, with the chair and mem­bers of the Aughton Par­ish Coun­cil.

The Bishop of Liver­pool, Rt Rev Paul Bayes, will be speak­ing at the cer­e­mony.

A ban­ner made by lo­cal peo­ples to mark the an­niver­sary will also be un­veiled at the ser­vice.

Mem­bers of the church are ex­pect­ing a big turnout, with more wor­ship­pers than usual com­ing to cel­e­brate the mo­men­tous an­niver­sary.

When the church was built, a bot­tle, her­met­i­cally sealed, con­tain­ing copies of news­pa­pers – in­clud­ing the Ormskirk Ad­ver­tiser – was placed in the cus­tom­ary cav­ity un­der the foun­da­tion stone.

Built in “flow­er­ing dec­o­rated” style, the church is con­structed from stone quar­ried lo­cally the Aughton Delph.

The vicar of Christ Church, Canon Ross Moughtin, said that he was look­ing for­ward to the an­niver­sary ser­vice.

He said: “It is just great to cel­e­brate God’s thank­ful­ness over 150 years and the church con­tin­u­ing to thrive in a very dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ment.”

Canon Moughtin has served at Christ Church for al­most 25 years, dur­ing which time a min­istry cen­tre was built for the church.

He said: “We are very much a par­ish church reach­ing out into the com­mu­nity.

“We have very strong links to the com­mu­nity.”

The an­niver­sary ser­vice will take place on Sun­day, March 26 at 10.45am. in

A copy of the Ormskirk Ad­ver­tiser is hid­den un­der the foun­da­tion stone of Christ Church, Aughton

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