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The Community Newsletter of Ashbourne Methodist Church Easter 2014

Getting crafty… Recently launched, Craft & Chat is an informal get-together for people to enjoy crafting and chatting. Whether it’s papercraft, knitting, drawing, crochet or making things, everyone is welcome to pop in to The Cornerstone on a Monday afternoon from 2 – 4pm. And if you just like to chat, you’d be made very welcome too! Refreshments are provided and people can pop in at any time between 2pm and 4pm each Monday (although we’re not open on Bank Holiday Mondays). For more details call Clare on 342321 or see


Inside… Rolling Stones

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Mega Makers Holiday Club

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My faith journey

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Walking in Witness

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Christian Aid Week

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9:15 Worship for Everyone

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Easter Services

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Parents, grandparents and carers with preschool children are invited to pop into our new kids@cornerstone. Starting on Tuesday 6th May, kids@cornerstone will be open from 9 – 11am every Tuesday in The Cornerstone. There’ll be a warm welcome with drinks and snacks. Children can enjoy games and activities, as well as story time at 10am. For more details call Stuart on 300338 or see

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Mega Makers Holiday Club

In Jerusalem there is a tomb in a beautiful garden, providing a quiet and fragrant oasis from the noisy, smelly bus station right next to it. It may be where Jesus was buried, but we’re not sure. Many pilgrims go there to find Jesus – only to discover that the stone is rolled away and the tomb is empty!

During the Easter holiday, there will be a Holiday Club for children in Reception and in School Years 1-6. Mega Makers will include inventions, games, stories, crafts and lots of lively fun!

That was the experience of those who first went to search for his body three days after he’d been crucified. And that’s the experience of many Christians throughout the years – that when our faith, hope and love seem lost, God surprises us by rolling away the stones that hem us in. I warmly invite you to the services and events at Church this Easter as we seek and search for Jesus, and find that he is risen! May you know the joy of rolled away stones in your life this Easter-tide. Rev Tim Morris Minister at Ashbourne Methodist Church

kids@cornerstone A warm welcome Pop in any time Tuesdays from 9-11 In The Cornerstone Drinks & Snacks Toys & Games Story time

This follows on from the success of last year’s club which was enjoyed by children and leaders. Mega Makers will run from 9.30am – 12.30pm on 23rd, 24th, 25th April. As you’d expect, all leaders have been CRB or DBSchecked. Places are limited and bookings can be made by phoning David on 343418 or online at

Becky and Stuart are two of the leaders at Ashbourne Methodist’s Holiday Club which will run during the Easter holiday. Despite their youthful looks, between them they have over 60 years of experience leading children’s work and love running holiday clubs. Becky, who works at St Oswald’s Playgroup, explained “We have loads of fun with games, silly songs and stories. The children love it – and so do we!”

Regular Sunday Services at 10.30am and 6.30pm

My faith journey We recently met up with Jeff and chatted about how he came to be a Christian and now a worship leader in our church… Jeff: I didn’t become a Christian until I was 46. I’d not been to church as a child, but when I moved to Ashbourne we wanted to christen our children so we went to Ashbourne Methodist Church. We recognised a few of the faces as people who lived near us and felt really welcomed. So what happened next? Jeff: We started going to church every week, and a year later our children were christened. It was another 4 years of going to church each week, before one day I suddenly realised that God loved me in spite of my failings. How did that change you? Jeff: Once I became a Christian, I began to look at life from a very different point of view. I still make mistakes but God loves me and has given me an inner peace. What has happened since then? Jeff: I feel I’ve learned a lot since then, mainly through going to home groups. Meeting up with a small group of people has really helped me to grow in my faith and in my understanding of the Bible. And you’ve recently become a worship leader… Jeff: I’ve played electric guitar for quite a few years and have been playing in the worship band, but I felt that I was being called to help people to worship our great God. I went on the training course last year, and really feel that this is what God wants me to be doing. Jeff and the worship band will be playing at our All Age Celebration at 10.30am and at Praise! at 6.30pm on Easter Sunday

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Coming soon… Many of us at Ashbourne Methodist have explored Christianity through the Alpha Course. Our next course will start in September and you can find out more in the next edition of The Link or online at

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Walking in Witness

Easter Services

Members of Ashbourne Methodist Church will be joining Christians from other churches in a Walk of Witness this Easter.

Maundy Thursday 17th April

For some people, Good Friday is just the start of a long weekend, but for Christians it represents a fundamental part of their faith. Ashbourne’s Christians will come together to share the story of the death and resurrection of Jesus. The walk will begin at Sainsbury’s at 12.15pm on Friday 18th April, before proceeding through the town with stops to hear the story of Easter.

Volunteers from Ashbourne’s churches will be joining with thousands of others around the country this Christian Aid Week.

Maundy Thursday Communion Good Friday 18th April Good Friday Service

Easter Sunday Communion


Easter Sunday Celebration Service 10.30am Praise! Café-style worship


Worship for Everyone 9:15 is worship for everyone, including people of all ages and interests. In an informal style, 9:15 features live music, discussion and prayers, followed by breakfast pastries at 10am. The next 9:15 is on Sunday 4th May.

Ashbourne Methodist Church is a family church… …with a welcome and range of activities for all ages. At the centre of all we do is our worship of God and we attempt to do this with both contemporary and traditional styles. You can find us at the corner of Church Street & Station Road, Email Web


Easter Sunday 20th April

Over 2000 of the distinctive red envelopes will be delivered to homes in Ashbourne and organisers hope to raise more than £2500 for Christian Aid’s work around the world.

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The Link is the community newsletter of Ashbourne Methodist Church, a family church in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, UK.