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
27th October 2015
As many of you will know, my husband, Martin and I have had a difficult time over the last few months due to two family bereavements. It is at times like these when you realise how wonderful it is to belong to the church family here in Great Ashby. We have received so much care and support and we thank God for you all. Now that the autumn has come, however, life is beginning to get back to normal. We have started a new sermon series under the title of "Rumours of Glory". In this series we will be exploring different ways in which God has revealed something of himself maybe through art, music, books, places, experiences, people... the list goes on. Against this backdrop, of course, are the usual autumn events. At the end of September we celebrated our harvest festival, the following week was our church's 9th anniversary, there will be Remembrance in November and then, of course, Advent leading to Christmas. Each one of these events is special and in them God can teach us different things about himself and what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ in this day, age and place.
At the end of October we will be starting a new Alpha Course and I would ask your prayers for those taking the course and those leading it.
It is so good to get back to the routines of church life after a disrupted summer with all the feelings that go with family bereavement.
Psalm 91 begins with the words:
"Those who dwell in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.'"
My hope and prayer for you all is that in everything you also will know this to be true for yourself and for those you love. May God be your refuge and fortress in times of difficulty and may you continue to trust in Him and to walk with Him, in hope and peace into the future.
Yours in Christian friendship,