Special Services and Events

Welcome to our Gallery page which you can find photos and descriptions of our recent special services and events. Coming soon, an archive gallery of photos associated with Ashley Methodist church collected over many years. If you have any photos that you would like to offer as a contribution to our historical archive, please use the contact form to get in touch. If you would like to use any photos from our gallery or those included elsewhere on our website, please use the contact form to request permission.

“Rise! Take Your Mat and Walk”

World Day of Prayer Service – Friday 6 March 2020

Prepared by Christian Women of Zimbabwe

Ten Flame Lilies, the National Flower of Zimbabwe, in a simple clay jug on the communion table, became the focal point for a World Day of Prayer Service held on the evening of Friday 6th March 2020. The Service was prepared by the Christian Women of Zimbabwe.  It was led by our own senior steward June Hodgkins, with support from Jill Harrison and Margaret Maxwell, along with representatives from the Anglican Churches of Ashley, Mucklestone and Croxton, plus the Ashley Roman Catholic Church, sharing the lead.  The ecumenical congregation of around 40 joined in the liturgy of prayers, songs and readings, the Bible reading taken from John 5: 2 – 9a which told of Jesus healing a man who had been lame for 38 years by saying to him “Stand up, take your mat and walk”.  The display of Zimbabwe memorabilia, arranged by Cynthia Lucas and the audio visual images, which were shown using our new system, proved to be most helpful in setting the scenen and atmosphere for a most uplifting service for those who were present.

ASHLEY METHODIST CHURCH FUNDRAISING 2020

A campaign to rause funds for a new Audio Visual System and a new Organ was launched recently. Norton in Hales Village Hall hosted a Table Top Sale, which we attended on Saturday 15th February 2020. We got off to a good start, raising over £100. All the goods on sale have been donated by members of the church and their families for which we are very grateful. Donations are still being welcomed by anyone wishing to support this important campaign.

Visit of the Chair of the Chester & Stoke District
The Rev’d Helen Kirk – 5th January 2020

Helen led our Annual Covenant Service on Sunday morning 5th January in what was her first service at Ashley since her appointment last September after succeeding the Rev’d Peter Barber who has now ‘stood down’ upon retiring.  Bible readings from Deuteronomy, chapter 29 and Jeremiah, chapter 31 were read by Ron Lucas and from John, chapter 15 by Richard Lucas.  Helen’s sermon theme was “Who do you think you are?” and Jill Harrison assisted with the Holy Communion serving of the elements of bread and wine.

JUNIOR CHURCH NATIVITY SERVICE – 22nd December 2019

CHRISTINGLE SERVICE – 1st December 2019

HARVEST FESTIVAL & JUNIOR CHURCH ANNIVERSARY
22nd 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.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

12th May 2019

John Marson, seen here with his wife Yvonne, celebrates his 75th birthday on 20th of May.  At our service on Sunday 12th May, John was given a full-throated rendition of ‘Happy Birthday to You’ by our congregation.

John’s family have had a very close association with Ashley Methodist Church stretching back over several generations.

THE BAPTISM OF LUCY MANNING

NOVEMBER 4th 2018

RALPH & DANI KILBY FAREWELL LUNCH

NOVEMBER 4th 2018
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.

THE BAPTISM OF BABY GEORGE HOLLAND JULY 1 2018