Special Services and Events
HARVEST FESTIVAL & JUNIOR CHURCH ANNIVERSARY
SEPTEMBER 22nd 2019
HARVEST FESTIVAL & JUNIOR CHURCH ANNIVERSARY
22 September 2019
It has become a tradition in recent years that our church has combined our Harvest Festival with the Junior Church Anniversary and on Sunday, 22 September 2019, we had a large congregation to celebrate God’s goodness in the harvest with his blessing on our young people of the Junior Church and those who teach them Sunday by Sunday. Our senior steward Bunty Hodgkins welcomed Mrs June Aldcroft as our preacher, one who has been twice Market Drayton’s Mayoress, and one whom we are always glad to be leading our worship. Church members had worked hard to decorate the church with flowers and produce demonstrating God’s providence for another year.
The children led our worship explaining that the theme was “colour”. The children taking part were Olivia Marson, Isabel John, Francesca John, Holly John, Isla Cameron, Isobel Donlan, Henry Marson, Finley Cameron, Lucy Manning, Penelope Lomas and George Holland.
THE MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR DEREK DURANCE
1st September 2019
On Sunday afternoon, 1 September 2019, our church was filled to capacity as we held a service to the memory of one of our former members, Mr Derek Durance, who died in his home in Spain on 12 June. The service was led by our minister, the Rev’d Ruth Jeffries and the organist was Rod Smith. Derek was a much-loved part of the Marson family having been formerly married to Kathleen Marson, the former wife of the late Bernard Stanley Marson. Kathleen died in 2015 and Derek returned afterwards to his Spanish home for the last four years of his life. Memories of Derek were given by his step-grandchildren, Tracey Marson-Holland, Victoria Marson and James Manning. John Marson read the lesson from John’s gospel, chapter 14. Peter Marson delivered the eulogy from Derek’s brother Christopher and son John with his own contribution and the Rev’d Ruth gave an address and the final prayer and blessing. Afternoon Tea was later taken at Tern Hill Hall Hotel.
THE BAPTISM OF EMMA VIOLET LOMAS
14th July 2019
THE BAPTISM OF OLIVIA EDITH MARSON
23rd June 2019
On Sunday 23rd June 2019 our church was filled with the family and friends of Olivia Edith Marson, the 13 month old daughter of Richard and Laura Marson. Olivia was baptised by our Minister the Rev’d Ruth Jeffries. It was such a happy occasion and everyone was warmly welcomed by our Steward, Sue Fox. Rod Smith on the organ provided the music. Ruth reminded us that we were present to worship God and to thank Him for the precious gift of a child.
RALPH & DANI KILBY FAREWELL LUNCH
A lunch was given on 4th November 2018 in honour of Ralph and Dani Kilby who devoted almost 20 years of loving service to our church and community. Sadly, ill health prevented Dani from attending the event. Ralph preached regularly throughout his time here at Ashley Methodist Church but circumstances led to the devoted couple relocating to Stoke on Trent to be closer to their family.
The Reverend Ruth Jeffries thanked Ralph for his commitment and service since joining us all those years ago from Bedfordshire. Dani and Ralph Kilby will be sorely missed by our regular congregation but we look forward to seeing them from time to time in the future.
VISITORS FROM AMERICA – OCTOBER 2018
The American cousin of Cynthia Lucas, Susan Hirst Read from Arkansas, her daughter Amy from California, and son John, from Texas, made a welcome visit to our church on Monday, 8 October 2018, as they began a five-day visit to the home of Cynthia and Ron Lucas who joined them as they explored their family roots in West Yorkshire, from where their ancestors departed for Rhode Island, USA, in 1906.
On their return home afterwards Susan wrote ” A lovely church – bright and welcoming – and the perfect start to our week with our dear host-cousins! I whispered a quick prayer of gratefulness and thanks before we stepped back out into the autumn air. Let the journey begin!”.
MUCH LOVED FORMER PREACHER MAKES A SURPRISE VISIT ON 12th AUGUST
Ross McEwan, his wife Lesley and their three children were very much a part of our church family in the 1980’s 1990’s. They left us some 23 years ago. Ross became a local preacher during his time with us. They live near Cambridge and Ross joined us for worship on 12th August on his way home from wedding in Wilmslow. Here he is flanked by two old friends John Marson and Ron Lucas after the service.