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
21st February 2016
It's a while since I wrote a "letter from the vine". As I write we are in the season of Lent, a time of quiet, reflective waiting and preparation, a time to think and to pray. Lent leads us to Good Friday when we spend time at the foot of the cross of Jesus Christ who gave his life so that we could live and, of course, three days later we celebrate his astonishing and glorious resurrection. There are ups and downs in the Christian calendar as there are in the whole of life. Sometimes we find that when a door appears to close, that another one opens up for us, things that felt impossible begin to feel possible after all. Jesus himself said that unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies there can be no harvest (John 12:24). Maybe for you at the moment life is difficult. Be assured that you are in God's hands. He is a God of resurrection, of life coming from death. He is the giver of hope and love. He is a God who can be trusted at all times to be our anchor in any storm.
In January I told the church that I would be retiring from pastoral ministry and from Great Ashby Community Church at the end of June this year (2016). Martin and I have been renovating a small house in Hampshire for us to live in. The work is nearly finished and we look forward to beginning a new and, no doubt, equally busy life in retirement. For us it feels like a time of renewal, of hope and possibility. Who knows what God has in store for us!
At the same time it will be very hard to leave all our wonderful friends here at Great Ashby. The last eight years have been delightful. You are a wonderful, generous, gracious, open hearted church and we will miss you all very much. There may be some who are wondering what the future will hold for Great Ashby Community Church. Let me tell you, you were clearly called and planted here by God. He will not let you go and he will not allow His work here to stop. He is a God of new beginnings, a God of resurrection, of hope and of love. He is a God who can be totally trusted.
May God bless you as you wait and pray and as you move into the future together with Him.
Yours in Christian friendship,