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Ministry Team - Thoughts for the week

I am not a real gardener, I don’t have ‘green fingers’.  Keeping the grass, or more like moss, neat and tidy and remembering to remove weeds is just about my limit. Last week, after many a month, I got around to weeding a small rose bed of little more than two square metres and lost count of the type of weeds that I removed including a couple of young, rogue ears of barley, or was it wheat?  Whatever they were, I was minded of Jesus’ parable about seed falling on stony and thorny ground and concluded that even the weeds would not have made a good crop.

In recent weeks I have heard many an accomplished gardener discussing whether it was too early or warm enough to be planting out seeds that they had planted in greenhouses and nurtured in the warmth of their homes. Given the present spell of good weather, I expect that all those seeds are now planted out in the hope of vegetables and flowers springing forth, all being part of God’s wonderful creation and sign’s of God’s love.

In the Gospel reading for this week, Jesus tells the parable of how the Mustard Seed is an example of how God’s Kingdom grows and how we should be planting seeds of God’s love amongst everyone we meet. It is up to us to plant the seed, then God will do the nurturing; but I’m sure he would also like a bit of hand from us in gentle nurturing.

A couple of weeks ago, St Peter’s Church in Snelston gave us a fine example of the sowing of Mustard Seed when they held a very positive ‘open afternoon’ to which all folk from the village were invited to come along and share ideas as to how they could become more involved with, and support, the Church. We now hope and pray those seeds begin to flourish in the days and weeks to come, just as the Mustard Seed does. Well done Snelston!

With blessings




What's Happening in Ashbourne Group of Churches?

Our Churches are open for services as follows:

Sunday 13th June 2021

  • 9:00am - St Oswald's, Ashbourne - Breakfast Church (Booking essential)
  • 9:15am - St John's, Ashbourne - Morning Prayer
  • 9:15am - St Mary's, Mappleton - Holy Communion (CW)
  • 10:30am - St Oswald's, Ashbourne - Holy Communion (CW)

Wednesday 16th June 2021

  • 10:00am - St Oswald's, Ashbourne - Holy Communion (BCP)

Sunday 20th June 2021

  • 9:15am - St Peter's, Snelston - Holy Communion (CW)
  • 10:30am - St Oswald's, Ashbourne - Holy Communion (CW)

Wednesday 23rd June 2021

  • 10:00am - St Oswald's, Ashbourne - Holy Communion (BCP)

Sunday 27th June 2021

  • 10:30am - St Oswald's, Ashbourne - Holy Communion (CW)
  • 10:45am - Holy Trinity, Clifton - Holy Communion (CW)

We are still providing on-line Sunday services. The link for the on-line Morning Prayer service on 13th June is: https://youtu.be/p2kd8CSyBGA

Note that the service will be available from 9:30am on Sunday 13th June

St Oswald's Church is now open daily for visitors and private prayer from 10am to 5pm.

Our Walk of Words continues in St Oswald's Churchyard




Breakfast Church at St Oswald's

On Sunday 13th June Breakfast Church will be held in St Oswald's Church Hall starting at 9am.

Booking is essential and can be achieved by emailing the parish office : ashbournechurch@gmail.com






Hi there,
What gorgeous weather we are having. Hope that your children have all settled back into school, hot and tired when they come out of school -  just 6 weeks until the school holidays!!!!

A few dates for your diaries:
21.06.21 Look out for the beautiful teddy pictures displayed in the ‘Walk of Words’ in St Oswald’s churchyard – you are in for a treat!

We are now accepting any books/second-hand children’s clothes/bric-a-brac for the Edward Bear Teddy Parachuting event on 26.06.21. There are bags placed within the Edward Bear area in church for you to place your items in.

We will be welcoming cakes/plants for our stalls just prior to the event – we will be given you dates and drop off places nearer the date.

26.06.21 Edward bear Teddy Parachuting event from 10.00am in St Oswald’s churchyard. Stalls/refreshments/ice cream/Ossie Bears for sale – bring along your favourite teddies for a real adventure.

For any information regarding Edward Bear/Parachuting event please contact Lindsay/Peter Walker 01335 343194 / 07971802671/email Lindsay.walker@hotmail.co.uk






Electoral Roll and Annual Meetings

The revised Electoral Roll for St Oswald’s (names only) is now displayed on the noticeboard in Church. Errors or omissions can be corrected but no further names can be added until after the Annual Meeting.

The Annual Parishioners Meeting (at which Churchwardens are elected) and Annual Parochial Church Meeting (at which the Annual Report for 2020 will be considered and the Parochial Church Council will be elected) will take place at 11.30 and 11.40 am respectively, on Sunday 27th June 2021

Nomination forms for Churchwardens or PCC members are available from the back of Church or by e-mail from ashbournechurch@gmail.com






A Prayer for Refugees 

Almighty and merciful God, 
whose Son became a refugee and had no place to call his own; 
look with mercy on those who today are fleeing from danger, homeless and hungry. 
Bless those who work to bring them relief; 
inspire generosity and compassion in all our hearts; 
and guide the nations of the world towards that day  
when all will rejoice in your Kingdom of justice and of peace; 
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 






Confirmation is a special church service in which a person confirms the promises that were made when they were baptised. If you were baptised at a christening when you were a child, your parents and godparents will have made these promises on your behalf.

As a young person or adult, you may be ready to affirm these promises for yourself and commit your life to following Jesus which can be an important part of a lifetime journey of faith.

The first step will be to talk with Maggie or Nigel in church or call them on 01335 348123 and they will invite you to a few meetings to help you get ready for the service. This is a good way to explore your faith with them, and possibly others who are thinking about confirmation, and is a safe place to ask any questions you have about God, Jesus and the journey of faith.






A huge thank you for your help with Christian Aid week this year. If you delivered envelopes, offered your letterbox as a collection point, baked cakes, delivered cakes, ate cakes, sponsored the Green family for a Million Steps in May…thank you!
All the money is now in, and we have raised:

  • £2,818.88 from the envelope collection
  • £605.91 from cakes-to-your-door (we may get a little more for this as one baker has enjoyed it so much they’re carrying on in their village!)
  • £1,059 for the Greens’ million steps in May

Giving us a total of £4,483.79





We invite you to pray for our town, Christians united in prayer. Come for as long or as little as you are able. Pray aloud or silently. Let's link with one another and call on the name of Jesus.
The next meeting will be on Wednesday 7th July in person at Elim church (Waterside centre) 12noon. (Masks, social distancing and the usual precautions)





Pastoral Contact

If you would like to contact a member of the clergy team to discuss any pastoral matter please telephone 01335 348123






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St Oswald's church is open every day of the week and is incurring running costs.  If you would like to make a donation to the work of St Oswald's Church you can do so from the Give a Little website using the following link:




If you would like to set up a regular payment to St Oswald's Church then you can do so through the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS).. You can find out more information on the PGS website at: 
where you can also set up a regular payment.
Alternatively you can telephone the Parish Giving Scheme on 0333 002 1260 to set up a payment. 

The PGS code for St Oswald's Church is 120612186



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