Meet the Minister

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 (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.

Announcements

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

Harvest

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.

Welcome Mark and Carolyn

September sees the beginning of the Methodist year, and what a marvellous first Sunday it was too! Ashley and Market Drayton Methodist Churches joined together at Market Drayton for the Welcome Service of our new Superintendent Minister, Rev. Mark Lawrence, and his wife Carolyn. The service was led by Rev. Helen Kirk, Chair of the Chester & Stoke District, and we were also joined by both Ecumenical and Civic representatives from the local community. During the service Mark and Carolyn were welcomed officially by Rev. Helen Kirk, Margaret Maxwell (Circuit Steward), Cllr Roy Aldcroft (Mayor) and Rev. Catherine McBride (St. Mary’s), and by the congregation over coffee after the service. It was so beautiful to see the Church full, and so beautiful to see people singing praises to God together which for some was the first time in such a long time, as it is only recently that we have been able to begin singing together again. To Mark and Carolyn – on Sunday, we declared that we are ready for this, whatever God has in store for us, and we are excited to get to know you both and move forwards as a church and a circuit with you.
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.”

Rev. Helen Kirk welcomes Rev. Mark Lawrence officially during the service
Carolyn and Mark Lawrence pictured with Helen Kirk
Rev. Mark and Carolyn Lawrence receive a welcome from Margaret Maxwell during the service.
Rev. Mark Lawrence will lead his first service at Ashley on Sunday 19th September at 10.30am. The service will include Holy Communion. Carolyn Lawrence will lead her first service at Ashley on Sunday 31st October at 10.30am. As usual, there will be coffee after each service. All are welcome, and if it will be your first time joining us, we look forward to meeting you.

Rev. Mark and Carolyn after the welcome service

Many thanks to Ron Lucas for his selection of photos from Sunday.

Table Top Sale

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 circuitadmin@mdmc.org.uk 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.

 

Extra details:

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.

Online Worship

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

COMPASSION

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

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.

For Children

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.

We Look Forward To

Welcoming You

Contact Us

Address: Ashley Methodist Church, 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.

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