Ashbourne Baptist Church

CHURCH LIFE
at Ashbourne Baptist Church

A few glimpses of the more formalised aspects of our church life...

Sundays: 11am | 6pm

We meet to worship God together each Sunday
at St. John The Baptist, Ashbourne
(on the Buxton hill)
(or sometimes at The Brailsford Institute)

Sunday School

Home Bible Study & Prayer

Wednesday or Thursday evenings at 7.30pm.
We meet in various homes - in the garden if necessareay due to Covid restrictions.
Please contact us for further details.

ABC WhatsApp Group

As a church family who love to be together, to pray for each other and to help each other, we've found private social media more helpful than we ever imagined during the Covid lockdowns, and we continute to use our ABC WhatsApp Group (as well as email and phone).

Annual Summer Camp


We're hoping to be able to resume our annual Summer Camp in 2021, because we've all been missing it! Camp 'ABC style' includes plenty of canoeing - the campsite has its own lake and our pastor build canoes with the Boy's Brigade (and at home). There are also other challenging and fun activities, as well as trips out, lively Bible teaching and great food!

Special Christmas Celebrations

Christmas Carol Nativity pop-up, December 2020 Ashbourne Christmas Carol Services ABC Nativity Rocks
We love to celebrate Christmas! Because we couldn't run our usual Christmas Carol Services during Lockdown 2020, we took a Christmas Carol Nativity Pop-up Trailer around various streets of Ashbourne, local schools and nearby villages, with a Pop-up Christmas Nativity — 'Son et Lumiere' style. Parts of the stable seen lit up to illustrate the relevant sections of Bible readings and hymns. People participated enthusiastically from their own doorways.
Carols by Candlelight and other Christmas Carol Services were cancelled in 2020 due to lockdown (hence the need to be inventive with the pop-up Carols trailer). The last Carol Service was in 2019 - in the previous decade!
One year we started an ABC Nativity Rocks Facebook group. We like to change things up occasionally! This was a rock craft and treasure hunt: paint a pebble with a picture or words related to the Nativity and hide it in a public place. Finders posted photos of found rocks on the facebook group, effectively tracking the rocks as they were found and re-hidden.

Special Events - throughout the Year


We enjoy coming up with special events - for our members and for the public.
Example: Bonfire Night with Fireworks The clip above is from one of our bonfire nights - with food and fabulous firework display, on our camping field, especially for Boys Brigade and their families.

Church Meals, Picnics and Barbecues

We enjoy informal (often impromptu) picnics, sometimes after morning church in the garden of St John's, Ashbourne and sometimes elsewhere. BBQs are often 'lakeside' with canoeing up at our camping field.
We look forward to re-instating our monthly two-course hot meal when Covid rules allow. The food is good, the conversation is good, and children enjoy playing.

Boys' Brigade & Girls' Association

Our own 1st Company Ashbourne Boys' Brigade & Girls' Association meets on Tuesdays 6:15-7:30pm and 7-8pm (older ones) at The Empire Ballroom, or out and about.

Mission Support

Prayer and other support for Mission is ongoing... click through to see some of our current mission priorities. Mission Support page.

Courses

We run courses for the general public to disover more about Christianity The Hope Course poster

Shrovetide Football Souvenir Postcards

Shrovetide (outisde lockdown) is the biggest thing in Ashbourne. Some of our members have entered the fray of Shrovetide Football as players, and others give out free souvenir postcards throughout the two day (and evening) event, with a Shrovetide-themed gospel presentation on the back. Shrovetide Football Souvenir Postcard

Schools and Videos

Nathan, our pastor, runs school assemblies - and continued over lockdown via short videos.

He also made short videos with his children for public viewing on our new youtube channel: Hope for Ashbourne YouTube Channel: Hope for Ashbourne.

ABC Tots

ABC Tots has been cancelled, partly due to Covid but also because we are no longer allowed to use The Empire Hall.