Welcome

 

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.

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        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 
During the current Pandemic there are limited services. Please see  Coronavirus Information (below)

 

CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION    -  August 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, 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.

Sunday Services

                 St Gabriel            9.30am           

                 St James              9.30am

                 St Michael         11.00am​           

                 St Peter              11.00am          

 

          Evening Prayer Services

Holy Trinity          4.00pm          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 will still be 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

 

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

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Holy Cross Day

 

Almighty God,

who in the passion of your blessed Son

made an instrument of painful death

to be for us the means of life and peace:

grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ

that we may gladly suffer for his sake;

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.    Amen.

 

The 14th September is Holy Cross Day, also known as “The Exaltation of the Holy Cross”. The date marks Saint Helena finding the true cross whilst on a pilgrimage in Jerusalem.

 

Tradition says that when St Helena found the cross, she did not worship the wood, but the King who had hung upon it. The Conversion of St Helena is depicted in a stain glass window in our very own St Michael’s Church. Her faith plays a massive role in Christianity.

 

Saint Helena was the mother of Constantine, the emperor who legalised Christianity in the Roman Empire. To be clear, Constantine allowed freedom of all religions but professed himself to be Christian. This may not sound like that big of a deal, until we look at all he renounced by declaring his faith. Roman emperors believed they were divinely chosen and even when they died, were worshipped like gods. Constantine, choosing Christianity, refuted this notion and stripped away his religious authority, pointing instead towards Christ as King. He identified as a catechumen, someone who was learning about their faith in Christ and preparing for baptism. He was finally baptised on his deathbed, almost like an act of Last Rites, absolving him of his sins so to die in peace.

All this stemmed from St Helena.  In the south aisle of St Michael’s church there is a medieval stained-glass window dedicated to St Helena. She is shown in full royal dress- crown and ermine robes- signs of true splendour to the 15th century parishioners who would have seen it.  It was originally positioned in the most prestigious place within the church- above the altar. Medieval stained glass is special - not only because it is ancient and relatively rare but also because it was made in a time when glass was understood to be more than just decoration or a way of keeping out the weather. The medieval glazers who made this window for St Michael’s would have understood that the light that passed through it helped transform the church into a sacred space. The glass was part of the worship experience- a way to feel God’s transforming presence.

 

For me, this echoes the power of the cross. No matter how powerful or indifferent the world may seem to us, Jesus can still meet and transform peoples lives. The ludicrous love, mercy and peace that God offers to all can soften the hardest of hearts. Constantine himself banned the punishment of Crucifixion during his reign. Crucifixion was meticulously designed to cause the most humiliation and pain, for the longest period of time possible. It is upon this cross where we see Love endure and overpower all earthly powers and call all to himself. We see our God freely giving it all for us, so that death is defeated, death has lost its sting. Although we will die, we believe it is not the end.

 

On that day when the sky darkened and the curtain in the temple tore in two, a new beginning was born. As we look at a cross today, whether it be the pattern in your window, an ornament or in your mind’s eye, we remember the power of the cross throughout the ages and look with hope for the future of tomorrow.

 

 

God Bless  -  Revd Ben