"So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead"
1 Peter 1:6
In a beautiful setting, high on the hill above Parbold village, Christ Church is well worth a visit. It is a warm, friendly, welcoming church with services and activities for all age groups. Whoever you are and wherever you find yourself on the journey of faith, there is a place for you here
.A letter from our Vicar
To our wonderful Church family. These are challenging times for us all and we trust that in the face of these troubles God will strengthen us with His peace and enable us to share the good news of His love with others.
The Church of England has announced that it is,"Now necessary to put public services on hold until further notice". Although a spokesman has said that weddings and funerals can go ahead.
We are endeavouring - technology permitting - to have an online service this Sunday morning at 10 am when those of us with internet access, via computers or smart phones, can access and we'll be sending out more details shortly.
I will also be trying to record an audio service with music, sermon and prayers which you'll be able to listen to, either through a link which we will send by email, or by making CD's available - again watch this space. Other ideas to help us continue to worship, pray together and support each other as a church family will be coming out soon.
God is helping us and we trust Him for the days ahead. Psalm 62 verse 8 came to mind this morning: "Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us."
I will be in touch soon with more information.
With all my love,
Reverend Sue Timmins
17 March 2020
At Christ Church we have a robust and thorough approach to the protection of young people and vulnerable adults.
Christ Church is a Church of England (Anglican) Church. We are part of the Diocese of Blackburn. We are also part of a United Benefice with All Saints Church, Appley Bridge. We share our youth groups and some special services, worship and outreach events with All Saints.
Below is part of our website before Coronavirus, it will remain unedited until the current pandemic is over.
Promoting A Safer Church
Safe guarding children, young people and vulnerable adults is the responsibility of everyone. It is central to our mission and ministry as a church and Diocese.
At Christ Church we have a robust and thorough approach to the protection of young people and vulnerable adults. As a parish, we have adopted the House of Bishops’ ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ policy and the Parish Safeguarding Handbook, incorporating the House of Bishop’s Safeguarding Policy and Practice Guidance.
Our PCC has formally adopted this and signed the Safeguarding Policy Statement Promoting a Safer Church which can be downloaded here. Download
Details of our parish safeguarding officer can be found in our ‘Safeguarding in our Parish – who’s who’ which can be downloaded here Download
We have also displayed the Promoting a Safer Church poster prominently within our church this can also be downloaded here Download
All those working with children and adults at risk have undergone safer recruitment, received safeguarding training and support.
Reporting a concern
Any safeguarding concerns in a parish should be brought to the attention of your local Parish Safeguarding Officer(s) (PSO) in the first instance, who can seek further advice from Sharon Hassall, the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA), as necessary.
Safeguarding concerns in a school/university/prison/healthcare setting should be raised with the relevant organisation's Safeguarding team. If the concern involves one of our chaplains, please also contact Sharon Hassall direct.
Sharon's contact details are:
Telephone: 01254 503070
Mobile: 07711 485170
Address: Diocese Offices, Clayton House, Walker Business Park, Blackburn, BB1 2Q
Links to the Diocesan Safeguarding Team can be found here:
We understand reporting abuse may be very difficult and that not everyone may want to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team. Below is a list of other agencies that are available to assist either on a 24-hour basis or through specialist helplines and services:
NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.
Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.
National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.
Samaritans Helpline: 116 123 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.
Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 080 8808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm).