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)
Pandemic lockdown restrictions mean that we are in Tier 4 - Stay at Home. However, churches can 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.
St Gabriel 9.30am
St James 9.30am
St Michael 11.00am
St Peter 11.00am
Evening Prayer Services
Holy Trinity 3.30pm Thursdays
This will be a Eucharist Service on the 1st Thursday
of each month.
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.
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
Monitor tv and radio schedules for service broadcasts
Events in our Churches this week
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This Month's Magazine Article
It is the time of year once again when our hearts and minds focus on Remembering. Usually, on the Sunday closest to All Souls Day, we have an opportunity to remember loved ones who have died. It is a simple straightforward service with space to remember alongside others who have lost those they love.
That service will not be happening this year as we have felt that the logistics of the service and making it Covid-19 secure in the midst of Tier 3 Covid-19 restrictions would be difficult. Instead we are sending out a card to everyone which will give the opportunity to pray quietly using the same prayer as others as remember loved ones.
On Sunday 8th November, Remembrance Sunday, all our churches would usually have been full of people remembering, along with millions around our world, the many women and men who have given their lives in the different conflicts of the past 110 and more years. People who either by choice, or through compulsion, risked their lives in the pursuit of peace and justice. We owe our freedom to many such people who have stood up against tyranny and oppression - to people who risked everything, laying themselves on the line.
We will all remember. …. Some will be able to attend church on 8th November, others will want to remain at home. The capacity of our churches is greatly reduced at present in order to ensure that they are Covid-19 secure. So, for example, St. Michael’s, which usually has around 500 people in church on Remembrance Sunday has a capacity of 40 people. We are sending out Remembrance Sunday prayer cards to people who usually attend our churches or who receive mailings. If you usually attend church, you will be able to pick these cards up at service on 1st and 8th November.
Our remembering will, of course, include the memories of those who have served on the battlefield or in conflict zones around our world will no doubt justifiably tell and re-tell stories of valour and bravery. For those who served, ‘remembering’ will also bring to the front of the mind stories of those who did not return. Remembering brings to the surface the naked fear of conflict, the pain of loss and a real sense of comradeship.
But remembering is so very important to us all, not just on Remembrance
Sunday or Armistice Day, but in all areas of our lives. Remembering leads to us telling our stories. Both as individuals and communities. And as we tell our story, we reaffirm our roots, and we define who we are. We put our own lives in context. For today’s world, where we define ourselves not so much by where we come from as by our networks of friends and acquaintances can so easily become a rootless place where we do not know who we really are.
Our shared memories are our key to understanding ourselves. And our collective memory needs to be sustained by hearing the stories of our past. By hearing from those who went out from us here to serve in different arenas in our world. These stories, these people are so much a part of who we are here in Tameside today. They contribute to our history, they strengthen our community spirit.
Our stories are important. Remembering is vital. Nowhere is this more true than in relation to the conflicts with which we have been involved as a nation. Failure to engage with and learn from our past is the height of modern arrogance. We have to hear again the stories of conflict, of bravery, of pain and loss. And we need to allow those stories, … that remembering, to change us
now. It must inform our thinking about the future, it must be allowed to change our wills and our actions.
For in today’s world, we are all called to take new & different risks. To act for justice, for peace in society, in the world around us. To work for racial justice, to fight discrimination, to engage with injustice in whatever form it might arise.
Where do we find the courage to do this? As Christians we have the promise of God in Christ. ‘Go,’ says Jesus, ‘into all the world, work for the coming of my kingdom of justice and peace and I will be with you always.’ God does not leave us alone to face new challenges, to risk our lives in the cause of his Kingdom. He promises always to be with us.
Real peace is enjoyed when people of different races, ages, interests, appearances, and with different views choose to live together in harmony.
So let us covenant again, on the basis of whatever we remember in coming weeks, to work within our own communities, groups and congregations, for peace, justice and understanding.
Revd Roger Farnworth