Great Ashby is a new estate and Great Ashby Community Church is a newish Church. So, we are still learning what it means to be part of a community that is just starting up.
We get involved in the community centre, the school and local community groups because we believe it's our responsibility to be part of making living in Great Ashby a life affirming experience.
We have decided not to have a building of our own but to use our homes and local facilities like the community centre and school.
Who we are
Our doors are wide open to people from all backgrounds. Whether you are new to Great Ashby or a long term resident, have no church background or you used to be an archbishop - we just don't mind!
We consider ourselves to be on a journey of faith. Even though we come from different backgrounds with different life experiences, we have one thing in common: a personal encounter with the God of grace and love.
On the Vine
10th January 2015
May I, first of all wish you all a very Happy New Year for 2015! Once again it is the time for making a fresh start. I wonder what New Year's resolutions you have made. Mine have been ones about diet...as usual. I really hope I can stick to them this year!
Here in Great Ashby Community Church we are beginning a new sermon series based on the book of Acts. We will be using, as a help in this, a new publication by Whitney T Kuniholm called "The Essential Question". Throughout the series we will be invited to ask God what it is that he would like us to be and to do. I hope that you will take this seriously. This world so badly needs Christian people who are committed to listening and to obeying God's call. As God's church we should be asking things like:
"How can I / we make a difference?"
"Where is God leading me/ us?"
"What is he trying to say to me /us?"
"Will I / we take his call seriously?"
I think this is a really important thing for all of us to do as we enter another new year. Even if we think we know the answers to these questions, God may want to say new things to us. He may want to be calling us in different directions. We will not know unless we spend time with him, listening to him.
May God bless you all deeply and richly during this coming year. May he guide you, call you and may you know his love and presence throughout the year, whatever life may bring you. May he bless you in the joyful times and in the times which are more difficult and challenging. May he give you the courage to answer his call.
Let us all:
"Be Joyful in hope, patient in difficulty and faithful in prayer." (Romans 12:12)
Yours in Christian friendship,