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Welcome to the Ormskirk Christadelphian web site!

Here you will find out what it is that we believe, where and when  we worship and how to contact us.  We hope that you find this page useful and informative, and invite you to sign our guest book after you’ve had a look around.

If you require any more information then you can contact us via any of the methods at the bottom of this page.

NB: Following Government restrictions due to the COVID-19 outbreak we have had to temporarily close the doors of our Hall on Moorgate.   However we hope to maintain information. articles and inspiration from the Bible via this website and our Facebook page.

Blogs

Rainbows

Across the country homes are displaying pictures of rainbows, usually but not always drawn by children. These are generally accompanied by messages. These messages warn us to stay at home in order to keep ourselves and others safe, offer us hope for a way forward, and give special thanks to keyworkers – notably the heroes …

Victory!

Many houses have recently had displays of bunting. Bright Union Jacks celebrating VE Day – the day 75 years ago when the Nazi’s surrendered at the end of World War II. The memories are bitter-sweet. There was joy at the end of hostility and dreadful threat to life, but also sadness because of those who …

Videos of Talks

We meet every Sunday in Ormskirk at our hall in Moorgate (between the Girl Guides hut and the car park). Our Bible address takes place at 1:45 pm every week. Everyone is more than welcome, and we’ve included a list of up and coming talks here.

NB: Following Government restrictions due to the COVID-19 outbreak we have had to temporarily close the doors of our Hall on Moorgate.   However we hope to maintain information. articles and inspiration from the Bible via this website and our Facebook page.

Below are videos of our previous Sunday afternoon talks. They can also be viewed on on our YouTube Channel

What We Believe

There has been a Christadelphian meeting (or ecclesia) in Ormskirk for over 120 years, but our belief is much older than that. The Christadelphians are a body of Christians that place their beliefs wholly on the Bible.

The name ‘Christadelphian’ means “brothers and sisters in Christ”. We have been known by this name for well over 170 years. Our aim is to live by faith in Jesus Christ, according to the teaching of his followers from the first century AD.

We believe that those who follow Jesus and his apostles now, looking for strength and forgiveness from God, may confidently place their hope in Christ’s return to the earth, when he will bring eternal life to his people, and establish the long-promised Kingdom of God. We believe you can be sure of the Bible and the truth it contains.

The Key Christadelphian beliefs are: The Bible is God’s word and the only message from him. It is without error, except for copying and translation errors.

There is only one God – the Father. The Holy spirit is God’s power.

Jesus is the Son of God, and a human being, through his mother Mary.

By living a sinless life Jesus has opened the way of salvation from death.

Jesus is currently in Heaven, on God’s right hand. He will one day return.

When he returns he will rule the earth and give immortality to those who have tried to follow him and do the will of God. His followers will help him to rule.

Man is mortal, having no existence when dead. The reward for the faithful is eternal life on earth after Christ’s return.

Baptism is essential to gain this eternal life.

If you would like more information about our beliefs then why not visit www.TheChristadelphians.org.uk.

Alternatively, if you would like to see an impartial view on our beliefs, try the BBC Religion Website.

Glossary

Christadelphians sometimes use words or expressions which at first may sound a bit odd or out of place.  This glossary is a brief guide to some expressions you may hear used or read in the Christadelphian community.
Christadelphian – this is a Greek word which we find in the New Testament and means “brethren in Christ”.  Christ uses this expression to refer to those who have chosen to follow him.  The word brethren, in this case, is usually regarded as referring to both sexes.  Christadelphians will commonly refer to each other as “brother” or “sister”.

Ecclesia – this is a Greek word which we find in the New Testament and means “assembly” or “called out”.  It is often translated as the word “church” in many versions of the Bible but the word refers more to the people than a building (in fact many Christadelphian ecclesias don’t have their own buildings). Just as in the first century, an ecclesia can range from being a handful of people to several hundred.  A list of the Christadelphian ecclesias worldwide can be found at the “This is Your Bible” website.

“God wiling” – you will often hear Christadelphians use the expression “God willing” and in print it may be written as “DV” (from the Latin “Deo volente” which literally means “God willing”).  This is an acknowledgement that all things that happen in our lives and the world around us are at God’s will.

A History of Ormskirk Christadelphians

Origins

The Christadelphian movement was founded by John Thomas in the USA in 1848. Thomas was a doctor who was born in London but emigrated to the USA in 1832. He was shipwrecked on his way to America, and while he was in danger he realised that he knew little about what would happen to him after his death. So he decided that if he survived he would devote himself to religious studies.

Although the Christadelphian movement originated through the activities of John Thomas, he never saw himself as setting up disciples and today Christadelphians see him as being a pioneer, but nothing more.  He believed he had rediscovered 1st-century beliefs and encouraged others to read the Bible for themselves.  Christadelphians became a recognised movement and took their name during the American Civil War.  At that time, church affiliation was required to register for conscientious-objector status, and in 1865 Thomas chose for registration purposes the name Christadelphian.

The name comes from the Greek in the New Testament and means “Brethren in Christ” a term the writer Paul uses to describe those who follow Christ. The Greek expression refers to both sexes and to this day Christadelphians will refer to each other as brother or sister.  The first UK churches were formed when John Thomas carried out a lecture tour between 1848 and 1850.  These were referred to as “ecclesias”, again adopting the Greek word usually translated as church, to differentiate themselves from other churches and religious groups.

The Early Years

By 1876, a thriving ecclesia was meeting at the Temperance Hall in Liverpool and around a dozen of the members were travelling through from Ormskirk each week.  These included the Garside family who ran a Chemist and grocers shop in Aughton Street.  Through the Garside’s trade connections, permission was granted to hold some public meeting at the Corn exchange on Moor Street.  So on Sunday 7th November 1897, Christadelphians began their first preaching campaign in the Market town of Ormskirk.

Over the next 2 years more people in the town were baptised and interest grew.  In April 1899 a permanent ecclesia was founded, still meeting at the Corn Exchange.  The ecclesia grew even more and in April 1922 they moved into a purpose built meeting room on Moorgate.  This is still the room that we meet in now, although it has been extended and modernised over the years.

Famous Ormskirk Names

Within the Christadelphian community, Ormskirk Christadelphians became known as “the ecclesia of shop keepers” due to the large number of members who ran local shops and businesses in the town.    For example:

Snape’s Grocers (Burscough Street)  – Bill & Winnie Snape

Balmforths Motors (Aughton Street) – John Balmforth

 Ashcrofts  Audio & TV (Beaconsfield Corner) – Bill & Elsie Ashcroft

Swifts (Moor Street) – Henry, Phylis and Nora White

Thomas Ridings and Sons (St Helens Road) – Ernie & Anne Riding

 The Pavilion Cinema (Moorgate) – Arthur and Lily Prince

 Griffiths Barbers (Moorgate) – Ernie Griffiths

Weddings

In 1935 the hall in Ormskirk became one of the few Christadelphian halls in the North West to be registered as a venue for marriages.

As a result it has hosted scores of weddings for members of Ormskirk and the surrounding area.

Sunday School and Youth Circle

Since the earliest days of the ecclesia there have been youth activities with a Sunday School, Youth Circle, Sunday School Parties, Outings and Youth Weekends.