NEW – St Mary’s (Ashford Town Centre) – Community Café
We now plan to reopen our Community Café when all legal restrictions end, which is currently on 19 July. We plan to open on Saturdays to begin with from 10am to 12 noon from 31 July. Thank you to all who are working behind the scenes to prepare for the restoration of our much-valued community café. Mary Jarrett currently has four people on the new rota. Her aim is to have people to be on duty for one session per month. In line with our lone-working policy, we need two people for each session. We are therefore seeking at least four more volunteers for the rota so that we can build a sustainable pattern.
NEW – St Mary’s Willesborough
Wednesday Mid-Week communion service is back up and running, alternating between 9:00 am and 9:30 am.
Please contact the parish office on 01233 620433 if you are interested in finding out more about the service
NEW – InSpire Café:
We are very pleased that the inSpire Café in Willesborough Church has reopened from 9 am to 1 pm Monday to Friday. We serve delicious freshly ground barista coffee in all its forms, alongside tea and soft drinks. You can also enjoy sandwiches, mouth-watering bacon baguettes and toasties and homemade cake – all at reasonable prices. The café is run by volunteers and all proceeds from sales go to Ashford Parish.
Do come and see, and enjoy the comfortable friendly atmosphere at the cafe and at the same time support the Parish.
We are looking for volunteers to help staff the café. If you are interested please contact Libby in the parish office on 01233 620433.
Find us at the Church, Church Road TN24 0YR. We are fully compliant with current Government Covid guidance
NEW – Revd Eve Lanchantin-Piggott
Revd Eve celebrated her last Sunday in the parish on Sunday 27th June. We are very appreciative of Eve’s ministry and wish her well in her retirement. We are pleased to announce the Bishop Rose has given permission for Eve and Michael to come back at some point in the future for the postponed Farewell Event.
Sophie Carnaby – Parish Mission Enabler
We are pleased to announce that Sophie Carnaby, currently Family & Community Worker in South West Cumbria has been appointed to the post of Ashford Parish Mission Enabler. The licensing service will be on 1st September at 7 pm and will comply with government guidelines for social distancing restrictions at the time.
We look forward to welcoming Sophie to the next chapter of her ministry.
Revd Caroline Mansley – Retirement
In recent years, during my somewhat nomadic ministerial life, which has taken me from the Church of Ireland in Bangor Co. Down, East Belfast and training in Dublin to a Curacy in Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, I have asked of the Lord, ‘does the rolling stone ever come to a stop?’ And the Holy Spirit has reminded me of Mathew’s Gospel where “Jesus said, ‘Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’” So, that’s good enough for me, Lord!
Five years based at Kingsnorth and Shadoxhurst as Team Vicar is coming to an end as I retire in September, my last Sunday being 5th September. It has passed, both in a flash and over a long time as much has happened. Nigel and I look forward to retirement, both in Hastings and in Spain, where God has given us a vision to welcome those in church ministry for rest and refreshment. The Spanish house is called Villa Oasis – and our prayer is that it will be an oasis for many in future years to come. I also look forward to further retired ministry in the Archdeaconry of Hastings, which is near our married daughter, our son being back in N Ireland.
We leave the Parish as it has reviewed and now is discerning the way forward under God for its future, confident in Jeremy’s wise and stable leadership. We leave Kingsnorth and Shadoxhurst with our Curate Bruce Watson and Local Warden Rod Gilbert, also confident that we are leaving these churches and communities in good hands. My heartfelt thanks to all who have walked with us and contribute to the life of our churches, especially in Kingsnorth and Shadoxhurst.
Our current times remain uncertain, but we trust in a faithful and certain God, in whose hands we can all trust our futures. Every blessing to all in Ashford Parish as we continue to pray for your future.
Rev Caroline Mansley