I am married to Carolyn (pictured with me) and we are very much a team, working in leadership together. We have two married daughters, three gorgeous grandchildren and two cats! We both have a passion for the great commission of Jesus in Matthew 28:20, and seek to share the love of Jesus as well as to help people to grow in their faith wherever they are on their Christian journey.
In his spare time Mark enjoys running, cycling and is a transport enthusiast, especially railways and aviation. He also has a bus drivers’ licence. Together with Carolyn they enjoy taking time out walking and relaxing with family and friends over a good meal!
If you have any questions or want to know more about the Jesus and the amazing church here, do get in touch.
NEWS FROM ASHLEY!
By Ron Lucas
Harvest is always a special time of the year in country churches; and at Ashley Methodist Church there is always a special effort made to decorate the church with the fruits of the harvest and flowers for Harvest Festival. So it was last Sunday morning, and Keith Harrison welcomed our preacher Mr Mark Savill to lead our worship plus the children from our Junior Church. Mark’s call to worship was taken from the Book of Genesis, chapter eight, as he recounted God’s promise “as long as the world exists there will be a time of planting and a time for harvest, there will always be cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night”.
We sang the traditional harvest hymn “Come, ye thankful people, come, raise the song of harvest-home” before our prayer of praise and thanksgiving for all God’s gifts as set out before us, the food to be delivered later to the foodbank. Mark on his guitar led a further song of thanks for the everyday food we often take for granted before the children led our worship which included poems, prayers, and a reading of the parable of the Sower and the Seed as told by Jesus in Matthew, chapter 13, read by Izzy, Finley and Francesca, followed by a prayer from Henry.
“Summer, Winter, Springtime and Harvest, shall not fail” was the theme taken by Mark in his talk to a responsive large congregation, summarised to include five parts. First, God provides all we need; we need to give thanks for all we receive; harvest reminds us to be content with what we have even though there have been difficulties during the pandemic; harvest reminds us to share with others as did the early church; finally, harvest reminds us that to reap we must sow and our parable from Matthew tells us about the Kingdom of God and that some hear the message of God, respond and embrace it and others turn away. May our choice be to respond and embrace the love of God. We closed with another great harvest hymn “We plough the fields and scatter the good seed on the land” after which Mark gave the blessing.
Message from Mark:
“Greetings! My name is Mark Lawrence and I am the minister here at Ashley Methodist Church as well as at Market Drayton. I am married to Carolyn and we are very much a team, working in leadership together. We have two married daughters, three gorgeous grandchildren and two cats! We both have a passion for the great commission of Jesus in Matthew 28:20, and seek to share the love of Jesus as well as to help people to grow in their faith wherever they are on their Christian journey. In my spare time I enjoy running, cycling and am a transport enthusiast especially railways and aviation. I also have a bus drivers’ licence. Together with Carolyn, we enjoy taking time out walking and relaxing with family and friends over a good meal! If you have any questions or want to know more about the Jesus and the amazing church here, do get in touch.”
Many thanks to Ron Lucas for his selection of photos from Sunday.
SATURDAY 16TH OCTOBER 2021, 11AM – 3PM
As part of our fundraising efforts for our new organ, we are holding a Table Top Sale on Saturday 16th October 2021.
You will find a mixture of stalls selling pre-loved and locally made goods, along with refreshments. Please put the date in your diary and come along to support the church and other local sellers. Follow us on Facebook @AshleyMethodistChurch for reminders closer to the date.
If you would like to register for a table, please email email@example.com with a short description of what you would like to sell.
Details of the stalls will be released via our website and Facebook page in October.
Tables are approx 1.2m by 0.7m at a cost of £5 per table and must be booked in advance. Set-up time is tbc but will be before the 11am starting time. Sellers will not be able to sell products that include alcohol. Sellers will be provided with an image with the details of the event for use in their own publicity.
All funds raised from entry fees, sellers table fees, refreshments, and stalls organised by Ashley Methodist Church will go towards our organ fund.
2022 Healing Conference at Methodist Central Hall Westminster
Carolyn Lawrence (Vice President of Methodist Conference 2020-21 and Local Preacher in our Circuit) will be the keynote speaker for the Healing Conference which has a theme of ‘Transformation’ for 2022.
You can register for a ticket for the conference at:
As a Circuit we have been providing a live-streamed service throughout the pandemic. As of June 2021, with church now open for weekly services, it will change a little from what you are used to. It will now be a recording of the service taking place at Market Drayton Methodist Church each week. Members of our congregations will be provided with a link to watch live on a Sunday morning via YouTube and a slightly edited version of the service will be available within a few days via our YouTube channel which you can also watch below.
All previous worship services from this online period can be found on our YouTube channel
A Warm Welcome
Address: Ashley Methodist Church, Wesleyan Road, Ashley, Market Drayton TF9 4JT
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