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Advent Course

Advent Course:
This year during Advent, we will be studying ‘Living in Hope’ which is produced by York Courses. We will meet online to discuss the course on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm starting on 25th November. If you would prefer to not join us online, I can get you a booklet so you can follow the course in your own time. Everyone is welcome to join us, whether you are living in Aughton, Bickerstaffe or beyond. The course booklets are £3.80.

‘Living in Hope’ by Catherine Fox

Session 1. Living well
Session 2. Dying well
Session 3. Hell-bent on destruction?
Session 4. Going to Heaven when we die?

This advent course is a chance to have a think about what it means to live well, and to die well. We are people of history and people of hope. We look back to the Bible to see where we’ve come from, and we look forward in hope to what lies ahead.

But there are times when looking ahead is frightening. Even looking around can be a source of anxiety. The times seem dark, and the political situation unstable. The challenge of climate change looms larger each decade. What hope do we have? How can we live well in the face of current events?

Advent has traditionally been the season of hope and of preparation. We look back, as people of history, to Christ’s first coming. But we look forward too, as people of hope, to his second coming. Every time we repeat the creed we say that we believe ‘he will come again in glory, to judge the living and the dead.’ Is judgement something to look forward to—or to dread? What happens when we die?

These are big themes to get our teeth into. Historically, they’ve been referred to as ‘The Four Last Things’ (Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell). But as we explore them in the light of Christ, we’ll begin to see that the last things are also the first things; that everything holds together in the one who is the alpha and omega, the first and the last. And who knows?—we may find that the art of living well, and the art of dying well, are not that far apart at all.


Rev Andrew Housley

Tel 01695 423204

Weekly Services Update

Weekly Services Update:

Sunday at Holy Trinity Bickerstaffe at 11:00am.

YouTube Service available from 11:00am each week.

Prayer Chain see details on both church websites.

Wednesday 11am Weekday Holy Communion at Aughton St Michael’s.

Thursday 2pm Online Prayer Service.


Wednesday Prayers Online

Wednesday Prayers ONLINE

Please join us each Wednesday at 2pm for our LIVE prayer meeting.

We will begin our time together with tea and chat, so remember to have your tea or coffee with you at 2pm.

Click of the link below each Wednesday at 2pm to join us.

ALL WELCOME! Please pass on to any others who may want to join.

Any questions ask :



Prayer Meetings – Thy Kingdom Come May 2020

‘Thy Kingdom Come’

Please join our local churches prayer meetings in the run up to Pentecost.

The links you need to click are in blue, they are hyperlinks.

Sunday 24th May 9pm Compline
St Thomas Lydiate and St Cuthberts Halsall
Click on link below for access:
Or you can join by clicking on the “Join a Meeting” button and using the
Meeting ID: 975 445 0068 and Password 202020

Monday 25th May 7pm Evening Prayer
All Saints Rainford. Click below:
Meeting ID: 812 3939 6626 and Password: 892165

Tuesday 26th May 9pm
St Thomas Lydiate and St Cuthberts Halsall
Click on link below for access you can join by clicking on the “Join a Meeting” button and using the
Meeting ID: 975 445 0068 and Password 202020

Wednesday 27th May 2pm
St Michael Aughton and Holy Trinity Bickerstaffe
Access via websites on and
Microsoft Teams click below no need for passwords etc:

Thursday 28th May 9.15am
The Oaks, Skelmersdale
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 667 560 648

Thursday 28th May 7am
St John the Baptist Church Burscough
We will manage the event by inviting people to book in via our Church Suite software. When people book into the prayer meeting they will then receive an email with the Zoom meeting details. The link for booking is below

Friday 29th May 12.30pm
St Pauls Skelmesdale
Meeting ID 85363972718 Password 669775