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, four gorgeous grandchildren and one cat!  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.

Services and Events

Here are our upcoming services, small-group meetings, and events. Anything that happens on a regular basis (e.g. weekly services) will show the next instance here. For more detailed service information please see our quarterly plan, available on the Downloads page.

Coming Up

A bit like a bulletin board, if there’s anything we’re up to or that we think might be of interest to you, you’ll see it here. 

Appeal- Can You Help?

In the 25 years since the church had the vision to extend and remodel the premises, we have been rewarded with informal and formal worship as well as regular community use. However, the original boiler finally failed and needed replacing. It cost £6,000. We are delighted that half has already been given and Gift Aided, but we now need to close that gap. Could you help please?

To help us serve God and the community for the next 25 years, please tap the “Donate” button below.

Thank you.

News from Ashley!

To see more: our previous news articles and reports on past services, click here

Avoiding Temptation

Avoiding Temptation

Our theme for the first Sunday in Lent was temptation. To begin our service steward Bunty Hodgkins laid symbols representing bread and wine at the...

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Who on earth is Jesus?

Who on earth is Jesus?

Last Sunday morning, our preacher was the Rev’d Graham Horsley from Oswestry who was welcomed by our steward Keith Harrison. Graham called us to...

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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.

For Children

We have a range of books, toys and activities for any children to use during the service. A team of dedicated folk take time out to teach our children in the Junior Church on the first Sunday each month. 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 and feature in the annual Christingle Service on the 1st Sunday in Advent .

We Look Forward To

Welcoming You

Contact Us

Address: Ashley Methodist Church, Wesleyan Road, Ashley, Market Drayton TF9 4JT

Phone: 01630 652631 (Revd Mark Lawrence)

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.

Contact Form