Great Ashby is a new estate and Great Ashby Community Church is a newish Church. So, we are still learning what it means to be part of a community that is just starting up.
We get involved in the community centre, the school and local community groups because we believe it's our responsibility to be part of making living in Great Ashby a life affirming experience.
We have decided not to have a building of our own but to use our homes and local facilities like the community centre and school.
Who we are
Our doors are wide open to people from all backgrounds. Whether you are new to Great Ashby or a long term resident, have no church background or you used to be an archbishop - we just don't mind!
We consider ourselves to be on a journey of faith. Even though we come from different backgrounds with different life experiences, we have one thing in common: a personal encounter with the God of grace and love.
On the Vine
19th June 2016
As I write to you our lovely Manse is becoming filled up with boxes both empty and full, shelves are beginning to look very bare and the charity shops of Stevenage are filling up with Hardwidge junk! We are beginning to get ourselves sorted out for our move at the beginning of July. Over the last few weeks I have been doing lots of "last" things and saying many goodbyes to people and organisations which have been a part of my life over the last 8 years.
I can't believe that this is the last letter that I will write to you as your minister. I thank God so much for calling me to Great Ashby Community Church and I thank him for so many reasons. Mostly I thank him for bringing me to all of you, for the love, friendship and support I have received from you. Our church here is unique, it has, I believe, been planted here by God and is truly a place of real welcome and love to many...including me and Martin.
At our recent church meeting I read a passage from the letter to church at Philippi where Paul says, "I thank God every time I remember you. In my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
I would like to echo those words of Paul for you all. The passage ends with Paul's prayer for the people at Philippi. He prayed, (and I pray for you) "That your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God."
As I retire and move away to Hampshire, I will continue to hold Great Ashby Community Church in my heart and in my prayers. May you continue "to surround one another with the warmth of God's love, hold one another in the strength of prayer, encourage each other in your journey of faith, surprise one another in the wonder of life and so bless one another as God has blessed you".
With love and Christian friendship,