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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.

 

 

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Our Mission

 

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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.

Heading 1

        Safeguarding

                 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:

Moira Wilson

Safeguarding Coordinator

07854 536949

moira.watt@hotmail.com

Revd Roger Farnworth

Team Rector

0161 330 2771

rogerfarnworth@aol.com

Diocesan Safeguarding Officer

Abbey Clephane-Wilson abbeyclephane-wilson@manchester.anglican.org  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    help@nspcc.org.uk

NSPCC Childline 0800 1111  or www.childline.org.uk

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.

Services

 

Holy Trinity:

4.00pm Thursdays

 

St. Gabriel:

9.30am Sundays

 

St. James:

9.30am Sundays

4.00pm 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays

   of the month

1.30pm Wednesdays

 

St. Michael and All Angels

11.00am Sundays

11.00am Thursdays

 

St. Peter

11.00am Sundays

12.15pm Tuesdays

 

Additional services will be announced on our notice boards, on facebook and on our website.

CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION  -  8th July 2020

Pandemic lockdown restrictions have recently been eased and our churches can now 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.

  • Initially, 3 of our churches will be opening for Morning Prayer only, on Sunday mornings and one for Evening Prayer each Thursday - there will not be Holy Communion just yet.

  • 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.

Morning Prayer Services

St Gabriel            9.30am           Sundays

St Michael         11.00am​           Sundays

St Peter             11.00am           Sundays

 

          Evening Prayer Services

Holy Trinity          4.00pm          Thursdays

If you need any further information, please contact a warden or member of clergy.

We will still be producing a weekly sheet containing prayers and readings - if you would like to receive these, please contact Revd Roger Farnworth - 0161 330 2771.

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

Daily Church of England services can be accessed online

Monitor tv and radio schedules for broadcasts from CofE

Events in our Churches this week

 

For events in coming weeks please follow the menu links to the church concerned

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Inclusive Church   

 

For a while, Roger and I have discussed Inclusive Church. In Manchester Diocese, there is a whole Deanery that is officially “Inclusive Church”. But what does it mean?

What will be asked of us if we become an “Inclusive Church”?

 

Maybe we should start with what is “Inclusive Church”?

 

Inclusive Church started as a grassroots movement within the Anglican church.   Here is a quote on the origins from their Inclusive Church website:

 

“Inclusive Church was initiated in 2003 in response to a particular incident within the life of the Church of England. The Rev’d Dr Jeffrey John had been nominated as Bishop of Reading; this was withdrawn when it became publicly known that Jeffrey John was in a long-term same-sex relationship. The unease felt by so many led to the creation of an online petition, asking individuals and churches to support what became known as the Inclusive Church.”

 

Although the start with 10,000 signatories was in response to concerns around human sexuality, Inclusive Church is now so much more. During Lent this year, I will be leading six sessions on different areas of Inclusion. These will be:

 

Ethnicity

Disability

Gender

Sexuality

Poverty

Mental Health

 

The material for each section contains some small liturgy, Bible readings, testimonies of people affected by exclusion and a short video.   All I ask is that those able to come do feel able to ask questions, be challenged and be open to discussion.

 

I believe that whatever the outcome of the Lent series, we will certainly enter Eastertide with a wider understanding and a keener observation to see how others may feel excluded and how we can make them feel included.

 

Starting on Wednesday, 4th March, 12pm, St James church. Please bring your own lunch and feel free to stay for the lunchtime Communion at 1.30pm.

Revd Ben Brady