Meet the Minister
Hi, I’m Ruth Jeffries and have had the pleasure and privilege of being the minister here at Ashley Methodist Church since 2015. I am also the minister of Market Drayton Methodist Church and Hinstock Methodist Church. I am married to Nick & mum to 2 girls. I am a musician by training, and a lover of films, box sets and chocolate! My passion is for the church to be deeply involved in the community and to share the story of God as seen through the life of Jesus and share the unconditional love, amazing grace and unparalleled forgiveness offered to us all. I welcome you to come and join our faithful and deeply lovely bunch of Christian folk as we seek to learn more about Jesus together.
Update 01/06/21 – Ashley Methodist Church are very happy to say that the Church will re-open for worship and we will be holding weekly in-person services at 10.30am on Sundays. There will continue to be an online offering, although this has changed slightly. The details of which can be found further down this page.
WE ARE OPEN!!!
From June we will return to weekly in-person services on Sunday mornings at 10.30am. Our full circuit preaching plan is available here. We have put a number of measures in place to ensure that we are open in a Covid-secure way and welcome you back to services in person.
Services last approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. Our screens are pushed back and chairs organised into household groups or groups of no more than 6. We have a reduced capacity but are still able to welcome our usual numbers of congregation due to using the whole building for seating. Masks must be worn for the duration of the service, unless you are exempt and unfortunately we are still not able to sing together indoors as a congregation yet, although occasionally we end a service with a hymn out on the car-park. For the immediate future, Junior Church provision will not be possible, although children are welcome to attend with their parents.
This also means that community groups who may want to use the church to meet will be able to discuss with us the possibility of using the church building in line with government advice specific to your group.
If you do not feel comfortable in returning to church, please don’t worry, as a circuit we are still providing an online provision, further details of which can be found below.
Please contact us either on our contacts page or by calling 01630 655957 (leave a message and we will get back to you) if you feel that we might be able to help or support you in any way.
NEWS FROM ASHLEY!
Ashley Methodist Church has a ‘blog’! Here you will find updates, posts and articles on all sorts of things we are up to, all contributed by our Ashley Methodist Church Family. View the most recent 3 posts by clicking on their thumbnails below or view the whole blog via the ‘News’ link in the Top Menu, or by clicking here
By Margaret Maxwell
About fifteen years ago our local preacher, Ron Lucas, began to submit to the Market Drayton Advertiser summaries of the services held at Ashley Methodist Church on Wesleyan Road. At first he used to take his typed report into the Advertiser office on Shrewsbury Road where he got to know reporter Helen Berwick. He was always warmly welcomed and in time, trust and understanding were established between our church and the Advertiser staff. Nowadays we use email to submit our summaries. About three years ago we were given a regular slot in the paper with a column entitled Crosstalk. With very few gaps Ron and his occasional assistants, Margaret and Keith, continue to fill this column every week.
Occasionally Ron would include photographs of special events such as Junior Church Anniversary or our nativity services, as space permitted. Not only was it good for the participants to have their efforts recognised but Ron also built up a steady readership among those interested in our church but not able to attend our services.
As our church is situated on the fringe of the village Ron’s reports were a way of publicising our existence to newcomers to the district as well as a reminder to Ashley and Loggerheads folk in general. When we transferred from the Newcastle to the Market Drayton Methodist Circuit this publicity became even more relevant. Ron says: “From the start I wished to use the print media as a form of letting the community know what AMC is doing, week by week, and as a means of evangelisation and mission. The location of the chapel is remote from both Ashley and Loggerheads villages.” Another indication of our presence is our illuminated cross which Ron describes as “a means of grace and comfort in the dark days of winter.” It can be clearly seen by travellers up the A53.
Since our churches have been closed for the greater part of the last twelve months we have been covering the circuit’s online services in our reports as well as the occasional in-house services that we have been able to hold. These services, accessed via YouTube or our church websites (www.mdmc.org.uk and www.ashleymethodist.co.uk), have been viewed all over the world and have provided resources for many other broadcast church services.
In February, as part of his campaign to promote the Drayton Advertiser, the editor asked us for our views on local newspapers. As a result, a photo of Ron with a précis of our comments graced the front page of the newspaper, a fitting tribute to many years of faithful reporting. Congratulations, Ron. We hope you will go on covering our worship for many more years. Please accept our grateful thanks for widening the scope of our mission to bring the message of the Gospel to our local community.
Did you know we’ve got a Facebook page?
Well we have! It contains information about upcoming services and events from Ashley Methodist Church and across the Market Drayton Circuit as well as any ecumenical activites taking place across the village.
Find us on facebook at facebook.com/AshleyMethodistChurch
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
As we heard from James on 31st January, please find below the various ways that you can find out more about how to sponsor a child and some of the children waiting for sponsors. (Click first image below to go to the compassion site to sponsor a child.)
What Can You Expect?
A Warm Welcome
An atmosphere of warmth, welcome and peace pervades this building and the people of Ashley Methodist Church. We really enjoy meeting new people and welcoming visitors. We are a sociable, welcoming and caring community.
Worship is never dull here. With a team of local preachers as well as our minister to lead services there is variety in style and content. We all enjoy a good sing of mostly traditional hymns but we are ready to try more modern ones. Services are held on Sunday mornings at 10.30am followed by fellowship over coffee and biscuits. An informal bible study takes place on Friday mornings in our own homes and is open to all regardless of church loyalty.
A team of dedicated folk take time out to teach our children in the Junior Church each week. We have occasional ‘All-In’ services where children actively participate in the worship. We also have a puppet ministry team who work with the young people in helping share the gospel.
Address: Wesleyan Road, Ashley, Market Drayton TF9 4JT
You’re always welcome to join us on a Sunday – but if you have a question to ask or simply want to get in touch, please use the contact form to do so.