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The Community Newsletter of Ashbourne Methodist Church Christmas 2017

Follow the Stars this Christmas This Christmas time, Ashbourne Methodist Church has organised a special star trail around shops in the town. From 1st – 21st December, there are special Christmas stars hidden in 14 shop windows. All you have to do is to find them all, to be in with the chance of winning a £10 gift voucher.

Can you find the 14 stars hidden in shop windows around Ashbourne?

Each star represents one of the “stars” of Christmas – people who had a special role in the very first Christmas, when Jesus was born. Entry forms are available from Ashbourne Methodist Church or from Stepping Stones shoe shop. The star trail fits with “Stars of Christmas”, which is the theme for displays in the church throughout December, created by groups from the church and also St Oswald’s Ladybirds Pre-School. Children from several schools and nurseries will be visiting the displays to hear more about the “Stars of Christmas”. The church is also open every day for visitors to come and see the displays and reflect on the meaning of Christmas.

Inside… Messy Christmas

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Celebrating God’s World

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Open The Book

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All Stars!

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Christmas Services

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Messy Church includes take-home crafts, fun activities, celebration time & lunch and is great for the whole

family to enjoy. Our special “Messy Christmas” will be held on Wednesday 20th December, starting at 10am and finishing at around 12.30pm after lunch. It’s great fun – why not come with your children or grandchildren, or invite friends or neighbours! See

Celebrating God’s World Ashbourne Methodist Church recently held a special celebration service which focussed on what God is doing around the world. Members of the church brought flags from countries they have a connection with, and we shared in food from around the world. The service was led by a Methodist Minister who is originally from Fiji. We were also joined by families from Syria who now live in Ashbourne, having been forced to leave their own country due to the well-publicised conflict. The service explored God’s message that He will go with us, wherever we are led.

Regular Sunday Services at 10.30am and 6.30pm

Worship for Everyone 9:15 is worship for everyone, including people of all ages and interests. It is held on the second Sunday of every month. In an informal style, 9:15 features live music, discussion and prayers, followed by breakfast pastries at 10am. Our usual 10.30am worship follows breakfast, with young people having film & fun in the Century Hall.

Open the Book Using puppets and drama, our Open the Book team tell Bible stories in a way that’s engaging and thought-provoking to children at Hilltop Primary School. The team, pictured below preparing to tell the story of ‘the woman at the well’, use their creativity and enthusiasm to help young people to think about the stories and to imagine what it must have been like to be there.

The next 9:15 services are on Sunday 10th December and Sunday 14th January.

Tim’s Message All Stars!

Christmas is a time which heightens our sense of celebration and excitement. Yet it is also a season which emphasises our sense of loss, loneliness and the marching on of time. As we look around our family and friends, we are reminded of those who are no longer with us whose memory we hold dear, whose love we cherish. Sometimes the sense of separation, loss and regret for those we miss can be overwhelming. So at church we want to honour all the feelings we have. Particularly at Christmas-time we want to remember those who have gone, or from whom we are separated, as well as celebrate with those nearby. So this Christmas let us give thanks for the stars we miss as well as appreciating the stars around us. God's peace to you this Christmas-time, Rev Tim Morris, Minister at Ashbourne Methodist Church

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Come and Worship!

Christmas Services

Ashbourne Methodist Church will be hosting Christmas celebrations for all ages.

Sun 17th Dec Morning Service

Throughout Advent, the church is preparing for Christmas through its services.

Wed 20th Dec Messy Church Sun 24th Dec Nativity Service


The morning worship on Sunday 17th December will feature a special Christmas Choir.

Sun 24th Dec Communion Service


On the evening of Sunday 17th December, Carols by Candlelight (pictured below) offers a different style of worship with traditional carols and readings combined with a modern interpretation. On Christmas Eve, our morning service at 10.30am is a Nativity Service to which everyone is invited. Anyone can take part in the nativity, using costumes provided on the day, or come in your own outfit of your favourite character from that first Christmas. Then our 11.30pm Communion Service allows us to join together as Christmas day begins and to remember the reason Jesus came to earth. On Christmas Day, we will be celebrating the birth of Jesus with a Christmas Celebration at 10am. Children (and adults!) are invited to bring a new toy or game to show everyone.

Sun 17th Dec Carols by Candlelight

Mon 25th Dec Christmas Celebration



Our church coffee shop is open from 10am every Thursday, Friday and Saturday for homemade sandwiches and cakes with a friendly welcome from our volunteers. If you’re looking for an opportunity to meet new people and volunteer in the community, this might be just the thing for you. Pop in and ask for details.

In need of prayer this Christmas? Christmas isn’t always the easiest of times, but we believe that prayer can really help. You can find tips on how to pray and also request prayer at our website…

…with a welcome and range of activities for all ages. At the centre of all we do is our worship of God and we do this with both contemporary and traditional styles. You can find us at the corner of Church Street & Station Road, Ashbourne DE6 1AE

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The Link Christmas 2017  

The Link is the Community Newsletter of Ashbourne Methodist Church, a family church in Ashbourne, Derbyshire with a warm welcome for all age...