Welcome, and thank you for visiting the Parish of the Good Shepherd, Ashton-under-Lyne.
We are a Parish of 5 churches in the centre of Ashton-under-Lyne. Please use the menu to find out more about each of our churches and please feel free to contact our parish clergy if you want to find out more.
Along with all Church of England Churches we subscribe to the 5 marks of mission which have been set out by the worldwide Anglican Communion.
Revd Roger Farnworth 330 2771
Revd Ben Brady 400 1556
In accordance with the Church of England
Safeguarding Policy our church is committed to:
Promoting a safer environment and culture.
Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within the church.
Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation.
Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons.
Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons.
Responding to those that may pose a present risk to others.
IF YOU ARE CONCERNED
that someone you know is at risk of, or is being, abused, or presents a risk to others, please seek advice from a Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor or if necessary report the matter to the Local Authority Social Care Services or the Police without delay.
Local contacts available to speak to if you have any concerns:
Revd Roger Farnworth
0161 330 2771
Diocesan Safeguarding Officer
Abbey Clephane-Wilson 0161 828 1451 / 07436 589606
Safeguarding Helpline 0303 003 111 The helpline will be staffed by the 31:8 - an independent safeguarding charity - and is available 7 days a week. Calls will be handled sensitively and confidentially.
NSPCC Hotline 0808 800 5000 or
NSPCC Childline 0800 1111 or
Tameside Children’s Safeguarding Board:
Mon – Fri Office hours 0161 342 4101
Out of hours 0161 342 2222
Tameside Adults’ Safeguarding Board:
Mon – Fri Office hours 0161 342 2400
Out of hours 0161 342 2222
If the situation is dangerous for a child, young person or adult at risk, dial 999 ask for POLICE
Weddings, Baptisms & Funerals
Our churches offer beautiful, traditional settings for your most important family occasions.
During the current Pandemic there are limited services. Please see Coronavirus Information (below)
Our churches are once again open for public worship.
Services will be different from those we are used to, as we have to ensure that our buildings are Covid-19 Secure and do our best to protect everyone who comes inside.
4 of our churches will be opening for either Holy Communion or Morning Prayer on Sunday mornings and one for Evening Prayer each Thursday.
Adhering to Government Guidance, strict social distancing measure will be in place, which mean that every person or household group must be 2 metres from the next person or household group.
Following risk assessments carried out in all our churches, there will be restrictions on numbers attending.
Hand sanitisers and one-ways systems will be in place to ensure that all movements into and out of churches and during worship are safe.
We will not be able to sing during services and any responses must be given quietly.
Liturgy will be on disposable sheets, which can be taken home or disposed of after the service.
There will not be any refreshments after services.
Please note that those who are clinically vulnerable/shielding, or who have symptoms of a continuous cough or a high temperature or loss of or change to sense of smell or taste, should not attend church.
A welcomer will greet you coming into church and help you to comply with these guidelines.
If you need any further information,
please contact a warden or member of clergy.
We are producing a weekly sheet containing prayers and readings for those who are not yet ready to return to church - if you would like to receive these, please contact Revd Roger Farnworth - 0161 330 2771.
Sundays 9.30am St James and St Gabriel
Sundays 11.00am St Michael and St Peter
These services will be either Holy Communion or Morning Prayer
Thursdays 3.30pm Holy Trinity
This service will be Evening Prayer (Holy Communion on the 1st Thursday in the month)
A prayer for our times
God of Compassion,
Be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross
but reigns with you in Glory
Jesus Christ our Lord Amen
Pray Together Each Day – booklets available from your wardens
Church of England services can be accessed online
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This Month's Magazine Article
I do love Wallace and Gromit. The famous stop motion animation centred around a man, his dog and a whole plethora of wacky stories made out of clay. I have fond memories from my childhood of watching “The Wrong Trousers” with the surprisingly terrifying evil penguin. I have seen them all countless times and I continue to find them funny.
The number of tiny details gives me the chance each to notice something new with each viewing - and my particular favourite thing to spot in every film, from “A Grand Day out” from 1989, to “Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death” in 2008, is fingerprints.
That’s right, the real fingerprints of the creators can be seen all over the characters and sets. Richard Rohr, a Catholic contemplative priest speaks about everyone having “God’s thumbprint”.
I love to think that, just like the characters in Wallace and Gromit, we too have the marks of our Creator on us. I spoke in a previous reflection about our individual creativity (whatever that may be) and how it is a sign of God being with us and in us.
So onto Lent - here again! It’s the season we reflect on Jesus’ time in the wilderness before his ministry began. I get pretty panicked around this time - Shrove Tuesday gets closer and closer and I can’t decide what I should give up or take up or spiritually reflect on and pretend not to be grumpy about it.
It might just be me, but I feel like globally we have endured a whole year of Lenten fasting from life as we knew it. Unable to see loved ones, travel and everyday activities we may have taken for granted, all taken away. Personally, the last thing I want to do is give up more and guarantee a miserable forty days until Easter.
While speaking to my Spiritual Director this last week, we reflected on Lent and the practice of fasting. A phrase that came up was “Something opening that hitherto was closed”. So, after some thought, I’ve decided to put my money where my mouth is.
Over the course of Lent I’m going to actively pursue the fingerprints of God. Daily I will look out for beauty in Creation, reflect on some art or music or poetry, or create something myself. I will take some time each evening to reflect on my day and make note. So at the end of Lent, hopefully, I will have a list of 40 God-given things to share with you all! Hopefully, changing my perspective on my day-to-day life will open my awareness of our Creator God in a way that is closed right now.
What will your choice for Lent open for you and your relationship with God? Whatever you choose to do for Lent, I pray that it leads to “Something opening that hitherto was closed”. I pray that you can catch glimpses of God’s fingerprints in your life; a sign, a reminder that God is with us.
To close, when I feel unsure what to pray, these words often come to mind. I leave them for whoever needs to pray or read them as a reminder of how God is closer than we can possibly imagine and how like Wallace and Gromit, we are covered in his fingerprints!
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.