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Church Service and Update March 2020

Dear all,


April magazine The magazine will be uploaded onto the webpages as usual soon.

To watch a weekly church service go to :

Next week the service will be from Bickerstaffe and alternate each week.

There is also a Facebook group for the Benefice of Aughton St Michael and Bickerstaffe Holy Trinity :


Best wishes,


Holy Trinity Church. 22nd March 2020.



Update 18th March 2020 Coronavirus

Sadly St Michael’s, Aughton and Holy Trinity are closed for public worship, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t meet God in worship and prayer. There regular worship programmes on the radio, please follow the links.

Prayer Chain

St Michael’s, Aughton

Holy Trinity, Bickerstaffe

Selection of prayers and

scripture readings

People of Aughton and Bickerstaffe. Please contact Chris Thomson on 01695 424454 or myself 01695 423204 if you would like to be on our prayer chain at St Michael, Aughton and Holy Trinity Bickerstaffe. Explanation below. Please share.

Prayer chain. The plan is we have a central list of names and phones numbers. Each person is given the number of the person next to them on the list. They phone that person each day for a chat and to say a prayer from the prayer sheet (on both church websites or emailed). Each person should then speak to two people each day. If you don’t hear from one of those two, please let myself or Chris know.

A prayer about the Coronavirus outbreak

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.

For those in isolation

God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord.


For those who are worried/social cohesion

Loving Jesus, you are compassionate to those in need
and heal the sick in body and mind.
Look kindly on those who are fearful at this time.
Help us all to put away all thoughts and actions
that separate us from you and from one another.
Give us grace to live our lives
confident in your promise that you are with us always.

Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to care for the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.

For those who are ill

Merciful God,
we entrust to your unfailing and tender care,
those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens
your everlasting arms are there to hold us safe.
Comfort and heal them,
and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

For hospital staff and medical researchers

Gracious God,
give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


From one who is ill or isolated

O God,
help me to trust you,
help me to know that you are with me,
help me to believe that nothing can separate me
from your love
revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Prayers for when you can’t get to church

Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples, ‘I am with you always’.
Be with me today, as I offer myself to you.
Hear my prayers for others and for myself,
and keep me in your care.

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

From St Patrick’s Breastplate

I am giving you worship with all my life,
I am giving you obedience with all my power,
I am giving you praise with all my strength,
I am giving you honour with all my speech.
I am giving you love with all my heart,
I am giving you affection with all my sense,
I am giving you my being with all my mind,
I am giving you my soul, O most high and holy God.
Praise to the Father,
Praise to the Son,
Praise to the Spirit,
The Three in One. adapted from Alexander Carmichael, Carmina Gadelica (1900)

Lord Jesus Christ,
son of the living God,
have mercy on me, a sinner.

The ‘Jesus Prayer’

After a time of prayer:
Be with us, Lord, in all our prayers,
and direct our way toward the attainment of salvation,
that among the changes and chances of this mortal life,
we may always be defended by your gracious help,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Main Volume: Endings for Intercession

O gracious and holy Father,
give us wisdom to perceive you,
diligence to seek you,
patience to wait for you,
eyes to behold you,
a heart to meditate upon you,
and a life to proclaim you,
through the power of the spirit
of Jesus Christ our Lord.

St Benedict

Soul of Christ, sanctify me,
body of Christ, save me,
blood of Christ, inebriate me,
water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me:
hide me within your wounds
and never let me be separated from you.
From the wicked enemy defend me,
in the hour of my death, call me
and bid me come to you,
so that with your saints I may praise you
for ever and ever. Anima Christi


Short passages of Scripture for reading and contemplation

  • Psalm 27The Lord is my light and my salvation
  • Psalm 46Be still, and know that I am God.
  • Psalm 91He shall cover you with his wings
  • Psalm 139O Lord, you have searched me out and known me
  • Isaiah 43(esp vv.1-7) Do not fear, for I am with you
  • John 14Do not let your hearts be troubled

A prayer for when a friend is ill

Dear God, (name of friend) is ill.
They are not allowed to go to school or come over to play.
I’m sad because I miss them.
They must be feeling miserable and lonely as well.
Please be close to them.
Please be with the people who are looking after them.
Please help them to get better and to know that you love them.

A prayer for the world

God of love and hope,
You made the world and care for all creation.
But the world feels strange right now.
The news is full of stories about Coronavirus.
Many people are anxious because of it.
Many people are anxious that they might get ill.
Many people are anxious about their family and friends.
Be with them in their worries and help them to find some peace.
We pray for the doctors and nurses and scientists who are working to discover the right medicines to give hope to those who are ill.
Thank you that even in these strange and worrying times, you are with us.
Help us to look for the signs of your goodness and love towards us.

A prayer at bedtime

Before the ending of the day,
Creator of the World, we pray
That you, with steadfast love, would keep
Your watch around us while we sleep.
Tonight we pray especially for (names family or friends who are affected by Coronavirus) and the people of (country or place which is affected by Coronavirus).
Give skill and wisdom to all who are caring for them.

A prayer remembering God is with us

Lord God, you are always with me.
You are with me in the day and in the night.
You are with me when I’m happy and when I’m sad.
You are with me when I’m healthy and when I am ill.
You are with me when I am peaceful and when I am anxious.
Today I am feeling (name how you are feeling) because (reasons you are feeling this way).
Help me to remember that you love me and are with me in everything today.


















Coronavirus Update 14 March 2020

St Michael, Aughton and Holy Trinity, Bickerstaffe


Coronavirus Bulletin for the congregation (updated 14th March 2020)


Please follow the following steps


  1. On arrival in church buildings including church on a Sunday, please hand sanitize using your own bottle or wash hands using soap in the kitchen or toilet.
  2. DO NOT shake hands.


  1. Worship

Communion in one kind only will continue to be practiced, with the priest only drinking from the chalice. Please stand and not kneel at the communion rail.


St Michael’s

Single use service and hymn sheets will be provided at the 10.30am service.


Holy Trinity

All services will be projected.

Single use hymn sheets will be provided for the choir.


  1. CollectionPlease place your donation in the box at the back of church on arrival. Alternatively, donate via the card reader or speak to Brian about joining the Parish Giving Scheme (information in the church magazine).Holy Trinity
  2. Those who count the money need to regularly wash their hands or wear disposable gloves.
  3. Place your donation in the plates at the back of church on arrival. Alternatively, ask Stan about setting up a standing order.
  4. St Michael’s


  1. Until further notice, refreshments will NOT be served following the service.


  1. If you are self isolating, please let Andrew or the Church Wardens know. If you are at St Michael’s you can also let Chris Thomson know. If you are at Holy Trinity, you can also let Irene McCarthy know.


  1. Clergy cassocks and surplices need to be washed regularly on the highest cycle possible or not worn.
  2. Choir are not to robe.
  3. Sidespeople
  • Wear disposable gloves to hand out service sheets.
  • Welcome at the door to inform people of changes
  • Before and following the services, please wear disposable gloves and clean door handles, door plates, light switches, toilet flush handle, taps.


Both parishes have completed a Coronavirus Parish Continuity Plan to ensure, as far as possible, our continued mission and ministry.


When new advice is released we will update this bulletin and also the websites.

Rev Andrew Housley