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 Sheila Cant 336 1566
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
Monitor tv and radio schedules for service broadcasts
Events in our Churches this week
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This Month's Magazine Article
July 2021 sees the end of another school year but a school year that has been so very different for our children and young people. Attendance at school has often been governed by the actions of others. So many have missed out on time in the classroom. The year is ending without the usual focus on tests and exams.
It is good to spend a little time reflecting on what our children and young people bring to us and how we might learn from them.
Here are three quotes about children:
A child can ask questions that a wise man cannot answer. ~Author Unknown
While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about. ~ Angela Schwindt
Children find everything in nothing; men find nothing in everything. ~Giacomo Leopardi.
That last quote is, I think, about children's capacity to wonder at what they encounter, as opposed to our adult cynicism. ...
At times children have the capacity to cut through the nonsense and get to the heart of the matter. So often, children are transparent when adults are, at best, clouded and insecure.
This is why, I think, Jesus talks in Matthew 11 of God revealing things to children that are hidden from the wise and learned. Sometimes the only appropriate response to things we encounter is that of wonder and praise. Sometimes things are just beautiful, any attempt to explain them diminishes them.
Adults can find it difficult to accept that children’s faith is real. The truth is that children have not yet encountered the cynicism which destroys faith. They can still wonder at the seemingly unexplained, and they know that God is there for them.
Here are a few little stories (culled from elsewhere) to enjoy:
A Sunday School asked her young class to learn Psalm 23. She gave them a month. One young lad was excited about the task, but he just couldn't remember the Psalm. After much practice, he could barely get past the first line. On the day the children were going to recite the psalm in front of the congregation, he was really nervous. His turn came and he stepped up to the microphone. He said proudly, "The Lord is my shepherd . . . and that's all I need to know!"
When a mother saw a thunderstorm forming in mid-afternoon, she worried about her seven-year-old daughter who would be walking home from school. Deciding to go to meet
her, she saw her daughter walking nonchalantly along, stopping to smile whenever lightning flashed. Seeing her mother, the little girl ran to her, explaining happily, "All the way home, God's been taking my picture!"
A foundation stage teacher was watching her children drawing. She would occasionally walk around to see each child's artwork. As she wandered round the classroom, she stopped by one little girl who was working hard. She asked what her drawing was. The girl replied, "I'm drawing God." The teacher paused and said, "but no one knows what God looks like." Without missing a beat, or looking up from her drawing the girl replied, "They will in a minute."
God does not call Christians to be childish, but he does ask us to be child-like in our faith: full of wonder, love and praise; open to seeing the beauty in everything and everyone; honest about ourselves and the world around us; willing to learn and grow; always asking questions and seeking knowledge; playful; full of hope; able to overcome grudges because we don’t hold onto things for too long; able, because we have learnt to trust God even in the worst of times, to see the good in every circumstance; able, because we trust God, to come though adversity in his grace and strength and power.
Try to make room for a child-like faith: seek to find God in every encounter you have with others; seek to receive God's promises for yourself once again.
Let’s allow children to teach us about wonder, about life and joy and hope, and ultimately about faith as well. For, in doing so, I believe that we will discover that the last verses of the reading from Matthew are true. Let's hear and hold onto Jesus own words:
"Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Revd Roger Farnworth